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CHICAGO - Pedro Alvarez stepped to the plate ready to strike in a big spot.
PITTSBURGH - For his first start with the Pirates, Edinson Volquez beat Adam Wainwright. That'll do nicely as an early return on that offseason contract he signed with the Pirates.
PITTSBURGH - Right-hander Jameson Taillon, considered the Pittsburgh Pirates' top pitching prospect, will have Tommy John surgery and will miss the entire season and likely part of 2015.
Some of the young arms have arrived, and a few more will make it to the majors this summer. Either way, there are a lot of promising pitching prospects poised to impact the playoff races in 2014.
PITTSBURGH - The roars have faded. The giddiness of ending 21 years of futility and coming with a game of the National League championship series, too.