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Games in Detroit give Alvarez more chances to hit

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DETROIT -- While the Pirates have been without Pedro Alvarez recently as he focuses on learning the intricacies of first base, the Detroit leg of the home-and-home series this week gives Pirates manager Clint Hurdle a good chance to get Alvarez back in the lineup.

Alvarez made his first start since August 2 on Wednesday, though he's entered six games since then. He batted sixth and served as the designated hitter.

"I think it's important that we give him an opportunity to bundle some at-bats here moving forward," Hurdle said. "This gives us a seamless opportunity to do so."

Alvarez entered the game hitless in his last nine at-bats and hasn't homered since July 11.

Matt Slovin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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