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PITTSBURGH, PA -- Manager Clint Hurdle has been patient with several players throughout the season. He's shown patience with Pedro Alvarez. Even when he was bumped out of the cleanup spot and benched for a few days for his swing, the club didn't send him to Triple-A. They showed patience that he would work himself out of his slump. And he's done just that driving in nine runs over his last four games while belting out four long balls.

The Pirates have also been patient with veteran shortstop Clint Barmes and catcher Rod Barajas, both of whom were struggling for the first two months of the season but have since been swinging a hot bat.

Hurdle said the patience would continue with a former first round pick by Pittsburgh in Brad Lincoln.

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