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A 162 game season is a lengthy one. Staying consistent throughout the entire year is tough. There’s hot streaks and slumps, and Pedro Alvarez has recently been on the downside of things. But after a lengthy session with Manager Clint Hurdle, who also served as a hitting coach with the Texas Rangers in 2010, the third baseman looks like he’s on the right track of breaking out of it. Alvarez has gone on streaks this season. And when he’s hot, he goes on a tear. Over a 14 game stretch in June, the third baseman went 19-for-50 (.385 average) with seven home runs and 19 RBI. But he was recently on a cold stretch, combining to go 10-for-47 (.212 avg) with just one double over a 14 game stretch in late July. “He’s doing it due diligence, whether it be physical work,” Hurdle said. “We don’t want to overwhelm anybody with video. I think there is times where it’s appropriate, then there’s times I do think there’s way too much of that done. We’ve been smart with the video. We put the physical in.

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Game 123 Live Chat: Pirates at Padres

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