Expect Pedro Alvarez to stay in Clint Hurdle's lineup against most lefties.

It was a great privilege to cover the Pirates this past weekend at Dodger Stadium. The team's offense still has to make some drastic improvements to consistently score runs, and before I left Chavez Ravine, I asked some of the players and coaches how that will happen.

No Platoon for Pedro Any Time Soon

It is Clint Hurdle's decision whether Pedro Alvarez will platoon in the  immediate future, but the manager made it clear Sunday it's "definitely not" happening.

"No way," the Pirates manager said. "He's gonna have to cut his teeth up here at some level."

Tim Williams brought the question up again in his First Pitch post Monday, and it garnered a good bit of -- ahem -- reaction. Hurdle is not blind to A...

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