Posted July 12, 2012 on AP on Fox
The Pittsburgh Pirates exit the All-Star break in first place for the first time in 15 years. It's been significantly longer since the last time a pitcher started three consecutive major league games, something Milwaukee's Zack Greinke will achieve in the Brewers' second-half opener. The Pirates look to continue their march toward a division title Friday night when they open a three-game set against Greinke at Miller Park. Pittsburgh (48-37) is in the midst of a North American professional sports record of 19 consecutive losing seasons, but there's reason to believe that ugly streak could be coming to an end. The Pirates are 11 games over .500 for the first time since 1992 - the year of their last playoff berth - and are in first place at the break for the first time since '97. "Everyone looks at Pittsburgh as a team you can come in and beat," scheduled starter James McDonald told the Pirates' official website. "We're here to let guys know we're competitors, we're here to be goo...
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