PITTSBURGH, PA -- The Pittsburgh Pirates aren't out to make a statement. Whether people believe this team can contend in the National League Central this season or not, they are focused on each individual game, one day at a time. But how this team has been battling all season long has started to open some new eyes. While the pitching held the club in the games during the first month of the season, it's been the offense that's been on a tear lately, allowing the team to click on all cylinders.

"We’re not out to make any statements right now," Manager Clint Hurdle said on the difference in the team this season compared to last year. "The season will define us. Everybody wants a special story every week. The season will define us, we’ve got to go out and compete. We’ve got to prepare. We’v...

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