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Alvarez a key factor for Pirates

Pedro Alvarez had a slow-start debut, his final average was .256, but he had a huge September that raised his power numbers to 16 home runs and 64 RBIs in 95 games. He could be a pivotal factor for the Pirates in 2011, offensively and defensively. PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko caught up with Alvarez during spring training.

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Since being recalled from Triple A on July 25 Pedro Alvarez is batting .189 with one home run and…

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