Pittsburgh Pirates: The Ideal Lineup for the Second Half of the 2011 Season

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Pittsburgh Pirates: The Ideal Lineup for the Second Half of the 2011 Season
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The Pittsburgh Pirates have by far been the biggest surprise in Major League Baseball as teams reach the All-Star break of the 2011 season.

The Pirates enter the All-Star break with an astounding 47-43 record and sit only one game out of first place in the National League's Central Division.

The team has been plagued with injuries in the first half, losing starting catcher Ryan Doumit, third baseman Pedro Alvarez and left fielder Jose Tabata—three key defensive and offensive threats to the Pirates' lineup.

But Pittsburgh has gotten amazing pitching all around, which was thought to be the suspect part of the team coming into the 2011 campaign.

This slideshow features the Pirates' batting lineup if all injured players are back and healthy, and this is where I would put them defensively, as well as the batting position.

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