PITTSBURGH -- Good teams avoid losing streaks. Or is it that teams that avoid losing streaks become good?

Either way, the Pirates' hopes of validating their opening 15 games rest upon not giving it back before the end of April. Getting swept at home in this mini-stand at PNC Park wouldn't inspire confidence, even if it is just one series of many.

Chad Kuhl looks for a redeemer today after getting strafed for 11 hits in five-plus innings at Miami on Saturday. He hasn't made it through six innings yet this season.

As Alan Saunders wrote last night, Trevor Williams certainly held up his end of the bargain, the fourth consecutive time he's done so:


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