Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/22/14
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The Pittsburgh Pirates aren't very good at winning game anymore, but their star player at least knows how to broker peace. The Pirates lost their fifth game in a row and for the 22nd time in their last 31 games Tuesday night, dropping a 5-3 decision at Cincinnati. Though the Pirates' freefall continues, they at least avoided a possibly ugly situation. Pirates rookie reliever Jared Hughes hit Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips with a pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning on Monday night, a game the Reds won 4-3 in 14 innings. Phillips flipped the ball back to the mound rather than the batboy, and Hughes took exception to it. Both teams got into a shouting match from their dugouts, though it did not escalate beyond that. Phillips then suggested on Twitter after the game that Hughes had made a racial remark. The tweet said: "#RealTalk... Not really surprised by what I heard come outta another player's mouth tonite but DAMN... Still PISSED bout that $...
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