IAN DESMOND

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PITTSBURGH — There have been 49 Major League Baseball amateur drafts, and of the 49 players selected with the No. 1 overall pick, only 16 have been pitchers.

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In a season filled with inconsistency from night to night, the one relative constant for the Nationals has been their bullpen.

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By WILL GRAVES

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Edinson Volquez allowed one run in six sharp innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates edged the Washington Nationals 3-1 Thursday night.

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