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Pirates Focus on Hitting with Runners in Scoring Position Hasn’t Paid Off…Yet

Pirates Focus on Hitting with Runners in Scoring Position Hasn’t Paid Off…Yet

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Minnesota Twins needed 13 innings to decide their game Wednesday night and the Twins took home a 4-3 win on the strength of Joe Mauer's first home run of the season. The game ended as Pedro Alvarez struck out attempting to check-swing with Andrew McCutchen on second base.

Pittsburgh is now 0-6 in extra-inning affairs this season and 5-10 in one-run contests, having already played 15 of them just 40 games into the 2015 season.

"We haven't been able to have that knockout punch or find that separation punch when we have a little bit of a lead to stretch things out," Hurdle said.

The big focus for the Pirates since the beginning of Spring Training was a commitment to improving the way they hit with runners in scoring position, the same as they looked to impr...

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