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Hurdle continues to sit struggling Alvarez

Hurdle continues to sit struggling Alvarez

Hurdle continues to sit struggling Alvarez
CINCINNATI -- The Pirates' struggling third baseman Pedro Alvarez was given another day off on Tuesday. And Bucs manager Clint Hurdle said it might not be the last.

"We had a little chat today," said Hurdle before Tuesday's series opener in Cincinnati. "He went out and hit early. This would be the second day [with Monday's off-day]. I would anticipate there being another day."

Alvarez, who's batting .194, is hitless in his past 18 at-bats. He has 60 strikeouts in 160 at-bats, and is batting just .138 in his last 25 games.

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Casey McGehee started at third base on Tuesday.

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