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Upon arrival to the ballpark just about every afternoon, Jose Castillo heads to the indoor cage and is fed endless outside pitches by hitting coach Jeff Manto. He is ordered to stay back, extend the arms and use his natural power to drive it straight or the opposite way.

He also is told -- time and again, in English and Spanish -- that pulling the ball brings bad habits, and he seems to have accepted it.

Embraced it, even.

Just this once, though, Castillo could not resist abandoning the approach. And the result would be a second home run, as well as a majestic exclamation point on the Pirates' 12-1 pummeling of the Milwaukee Brewers last night at PNC Park.

As Castillo would put it later, grinning through his chew, "I cheated a little bit there."

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