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Hurdle opens up on ‘challenging’ 2019

SAN FRANCISCO -- Way, way back in May, on the first Pirates road series I ever covered, I asked Clint Hurdle a question. The team was playing .500 ball and had sent player after player — including key pieces in Jameson Taillon and Trevor Williams — to the IL.

So, Mr. Hurdle, is this your most challenging season as a manager?

That question aged like a pound of ground chuck in the trunk of a car on a hot summer day.