Alvarez a key factor for Pirates

Pedro Alvarez

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.

To hear George Von Benko's interview with Pirates' third baseman Pedro Alvarez.

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