PITTSBURGH -- Since the beginning of the season, the Pirates have been experimenting with a new outfield alignment that involves a shallower positioning across the board — and dramatically so for center fielder Andrew McCutchen.

The danger in that was shown by Jason Heyward’s fourth-inning triple over McCutchen’s head Friday night.
But despite the occasional hiccup, the Pirates believe the change has been successful, especially when it comes to McCutchen’s play in center field.

“I think bringing them in has freed them all up a little bit,” Clint Hurdle said. “I think it’s helped McCutchen’s arm play a little bit better. He’s never thrown the ball better. I know that everyone is looking at different numbers, but for me, he’s never played a better center field than he has this year.”

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