Posted August 20, 2013 on pirates.scout.com
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After a slow start that included two stints on the disabled list, Pirates second baseman Neil Walker is starting to heat up at the plate. The switch hitter is batting .312 is the last 28 days, with one home run and nine RBI. PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko spoke with Walker recently.
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