Pittsburgh Pirates: 5 Encouraging Starts Amid the Bucs' Early-Season Slump

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Pittsburgh Pirates: 5 Encouraging Starts Amid the Bucs' Early-Season Slump
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The Pittsburgh Pirates have not gotten off to the start they had hoped for in 2013, opening the season with a 3-6 record while playing generally uninspiring baseball.

Aside from a brief two-game stint against the Diamondbacks, the Pittsburgh offense has looked completely lifeless, and even the Bucs' decent pitching performance comes with caveats around innings pitched and injuries.

Wandy Rodriguez pitched very well in his first game, but he left his second start with a thigh injury throwing the Pirates' rotation further into flux.

But there have been a few bright spots in Pittsburgh, in some instances coming from players who have the potential to be true difference-makers going forward. It's not much to bank on, but the following players represent the few positives Pirate fans can take from the season's first two weeks. 

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