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Andrew McCutchen has had an impressive 2012 season. So much in fact that when Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle was asked about the All-Star center fielder, he said he was one of the most intelligent players he’s ever worked with in the 35-plus seasons he’s spent in professional baseball. “I don’t think I’ve ever met a more intelligent, mentally tough, balanced young man in my life. In my life,” Hurdle said before the game on Saturday. After putting together four impressive months to start the season — which included a ridiculous month of July where he hit for a .446/.510/.739/1.249 line — McCutchen has slumped in the month of August. The 25-year-old has hit just .244 with two long balls and 12 RBI over his last 23 games. McCutchen connected for at least seven home runs in each of his four  months previously. But despite the current slump, Hurdle doesn’t believe that McCutchen has the same swing he had during the second half of the 2011 season here in the month of ...
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