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PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- The Pittsburgh Pirates entered game action on Wednesday just three games under .500 and four games back in the National League Central Division. What's kept the club afloat this season has been off the mound. The pitching continues to be solid from the starters to the relievers. However, the bats have been a different story.

The Pirates .218 team average is ranked last in the National League. They're also ranked last in runs (125), hits (302) and OBP (.268). The league average for hitting is at .249 -- a 31 point difference.

Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle is aware of the offensive woes this season. Options to help spark the bats could be internal.

"We’ve always kept an eye open to get better everyday," Hurdle said. "Whether it be internally ...

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