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The Pittsburgh Pirates had a pitch to contact staff during the 2011 season. That however, has changed so far in 2012. Out of all of the starters in the majors with three or more starts, the Pirates are the only team who have two that rank in the top 15 in K/9. Those starters are Erik Bedard (9.79) and A.J. Burnett (9.77). They're one of nine teams in the majors that have four starters with a 6.5 or better K/9 ratio, with James McDonald (7.61) and Charlie Morton (6.59) joining the list.

"Obviously we love guys that can strike people out because that is a definitive out 99 percent of the time. Where as a ball in play has a chance to end up as a base runner, base hit or an error," General Manager Neal Huntington said. "We cautiously tried to get guys -- Gerrit Cole, ...

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