Found June 17, 2012 on Raise the Jolly Roger!:
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For the second straight day, the Bucs broke out for a 9-run offensive explosion in Cleveland, carrying them to a rare road interleague series win. The star was Pedro Alvarez, who homered twice for the second straight day. It’s amazing how good he looks at the plate when he’s hot, and after this weekend I’m pretty sure we can officially declare him hot. Both homers were lasers to right, and later in the game he nearly picked up a third with an opposite field rocket double off the very high wall out in left field.  Both homers were three-run shots (another major rarity for the Pirates), so he had 6 RBI’s on the afternoon. At this point, nobody really knows what’s going with Pedro. We’ve seen little hot stretches like this from him before and he hasn’t been able to build on that success in the long term. There’s obviously no way to tell if this time will be different, but he was certainly locked in this weekend and the Pirates will be happy to ride him as long as possible. The four hom...
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