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Pirates talking postseason at start of spring

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Keone Kela works with Chris Archer at spring training. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Pirates, regardless of who is setting the odds, are considered a longshot to win the World Series this season. They are listed anywhere from 50-1 to 100-1.

However, Neal Huntington and Clint Hurdle made their team sound like even-money favorites Wednesday. Optimism always runs high on the first day of spring training and it was rampant following the first workout by pitchers and catchers on a cool and soggy morning at Pirate City that forced most everyone indoors.

Huntington said this season has the feeling of 2013.

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