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PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- When the Pittsburgh Pirates broke camp from spring training in Florida, skipper Clint Hurdle said he was going to go with the best seven arms in the bullpen, despite only one of them being a left-hander. Most Major League teams have the luxury of having two southpaws in the 'pen, but the Pirates' right-handers have been effective against left-handers.

"Everybody’s got a perfect bullpen drawn up in their mind," Hurdle said. "You listen to people outside this room [on] the importance. And I understand it. I would have loved to be sitting over in [Arizona Diamondbacks Manager] Kirk Gibson’s dugout having three lefties in my bullpen and go cut up people all different ways. We wanted to take the seven best arms. We committed to that."

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