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Pirates slumped after winning 15 of 20, but stayed in first division
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FRANK THOMAS AND FRIEND—Bob Friend, that is; they are important figures in the Pittsburgh Pirates' exciting early-season form. Friend (left), the club's leading pitcher for three years, was off to a good start with a 5-2 record, while Third Baseman Thomas was leading the team in hitting at .342, with 11 home runs and 28 RBIs.

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