Despite Pittsburgh seeing a huge surge on offense since the month of June, the Pirates are still looking to acquire a bat by the trade deadline. Manager Clint Hurdle said that even though the club has been better offensively, it has not changed their decision to actively pursue at the trade deadline.

"We're in a buying mode," Hurdle said. "I think we need to be optimistic, but realistic on who are, what we are, what we need to do to take another step. That doesn’t take away from what’s been done. That’s not to say the people here aren’t good enough. You look to get better. How can you improve, where can you improve? That doesn’t mean it’s going to happen."

The Pirates offense in the month of April and May hit just .228 and .210 as a team. They combined to score 147 runs in the first ...

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