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MLB Standings Update: Pirates Miss Chance To Get To .500

The Pirates missed a chance to get to .500 with their 6-5 loss to the San Diego Padres on Tuesday. A win would have made them 15-15. .500 is a benchmark that is important for Pirates fans who have waited nearly two decades for the team to have a winning season, but Bucs manager Clint Hurdle isn't concerned about it:

"I can understand why .500 might have significance to some people," he said before the game. "But I keep saying it: I'm not getting T-shirts printed up! I'm not going to do it! That's not what we're about. We're not trying to be a .500 team or the team that breaks the streak."

Being .500 at this point in the season would be a nice benchmark for fans to hang their hats on, but that's about all. It certainly wouldn't guarantee a .500 record for the season, and that's not even what's really important anyway - what's important is building toward a championship. The Pirates have more pressing issues to worry about, like why Pedro Alvarez gets in an 0-and-2 count in every at bat.

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