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Pittsburgh Pirates, Matt Kemp, Bobby Valentine need strong second-half starts

Updated: July 13, 2012, 6:50 PM ET
ESPN.com

The second half of the MLB season begins Friday, and everyone wants to come out strong. But for which team, player and manager will it be most important? Our experts make their picks.

1. The team that most needs a strong second-half start is ________.

Chad Dotson (@dotsonc), Redleg Nation: The Pittsburgh Pirates. The Bucs finished the first half by winning 10 of their final 12 games and sliding past Cincinnati into first place in the National League Central. Flash back ...

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