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New players fitting in well for Pirates

New players fitting in well for Pirates

New players fitting in well for Pirates
PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates were a busy ballclub as the July 31 Trade Deadline approached, as the club wound up bringing in four new players for the season's final stretch.

The Bucs acquired a little bit of everything, picking up a starter and a reliever in Wandy Rodriguez and Chad Qualls, respectively, while also adding first baseman Gaby Sanchez and right fielder Travis Snider. Manager Clint Hurdle said on Saturday that he's pleased with how the new players have fit in.

"I think the transition has been about as easy and as seamless as you could hope for," Hurdle said. "I think a lot of that has to do with the environment of the clubhouse, and our guys, the way they've brought them in and had conversations, communication with them."

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In 10 games with Pittsburgh, Snider is batting .333 with five RBIs. His first home run came in Friday's 9-8 loss to San Diego. While Snider downplayed the accomplishment, Hurdle said it could very well be a sign of much more to come.

"The game's funny that way. Sometimes, they come in bunches. Hits come in bunches. A lot of things come in bunches sometimes," Hurdle said. "We'll see, but he's been striking the ball pretty well. He's been engaging more. He might actually know everybody's name out there by now."

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