Pittsburgh Pirates: Breaking Down the Bucs' Successful Start to 2012 Season

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Pittsburgh Pirates: Breaking Down the Bucs' Successful Start to 2012 Season
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In spite of owning the worst run-scoring offense in baseball, the Pirates have emerged as a serious contender, sporting one of the best team ERAs in baseball and a 34-31 record, good for second place in the NL Central.

There have been many reasons why this unit is performing as well as it has, but there have been a few players who have stood out above the rest, and are leading this team towards its first winning season in 20 years and a potential playoff birth.

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