Rod Barajas talking to Pirates' closer Joel Hanrahan.

The Pittsburgh Pirates enter game action on Wednesday with a team ERA of 2.97, which ranked No. 6 best in the Majors, fifth in the National League. Over the 11 games so far this season, Rod Barajas has been behind the dish starting in eight of those games manning the club's pitching staff. One he was pretty much unfamiliar with before spring training.

"He went out of his way to spend a lot of his time with [backup catcher Michael] McKenry early in spring, because he had a greater volume of information on our pitching staff," Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. "Just goes to show you the humility involved. Here’s a veteran who’s going up to a player without a full year in the big leagues and asking him for help, advice, and to b...

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