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Andrew McCutchen stepped to the plate against pitcher Alfredo Simon in the third inning of the Pirates’ April 23 game against the Cincinnati Reds with his team locked in a 1-1 tie. In his first at-bat, McCutchen lined out to center field after three pitches.
The MVP’s second plate appearance of the night lasted ten pitches and culminated in a line drive home run into the left field bleachers that traveled over 400 feet before it reached its final destination. He finished 2-for-4 with a walk that night, and saw a total of 32 pitches over his five plate appearances.
That at-bat by McCutchen wasn’t just an example of his elite hitting ability, but also a focus at the plate that general manager Neal Huntington calls being “intelligently aggressive” as the Pirates ...

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