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“We’ve got guys who have been around,” he said. “They’ve got to figure it out.”

Arizona is keeping pace so far.

“That’s the beauty of a season. That’s the beauty of the game of baseball,” said Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, the former Rockies skipper. “The Diamondbacks have absolutely been a great story this year. And I know the Giants, how can you not feel confidence and strength from what they were able to accomplish last season going into this season?

“The Giants‘ re-emergence in the game of baseball and the National League is as good a story as anybody else’s as well, because it’s been a while. They’re definitely a force.”