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First Pitch: The Texas Sweep Puts the Pirates in a Good Position

First Pitch: The Texas Sweep Puts the Pirates in a Good Position

Justin Morneau and Marlon Byrd helped power the offense to a sweep over the Texas Rangers. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Things looked pretty bleak for the Pittsburgh Pirates coming out of the weekend. They had lost four in a row for only the fourth time this season, including a three game sweep against the St. Louis Cardinals. There was the upcoming eight game home stretch to look forward to, but first there was the Texas Rangers, on the road. If you were thinking sweep after watching the Cardinals series, then you probably weren't alone. But I don't know if there was anyone who predicted that the team doing the sweeping would be the Pirates.

That series sweep was huge, especially with the upcoming schedule. The Cardinals won both of their games against Milwaukee since sweeping the Pirates this weekend, so the Pirates could only pick up half a game. Going forward the Pirates have an easy schedule. Their next eight games are at home against the Cubs and the Padres. That's a good th...

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