Pittsburgh Pirates series takeaways vs. Washington Nationals

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Jul 26, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Neil Walker (18) and left fielder Starling Marte (6) celebrate after defeating the Washington Nationals at PNC Park. The Pirates won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Pirates post All-Star break funk continued in Kansas City as they lost two out of three games against the Royals. The Pirates then returned home for a four-game home stand against the Washington Nationals. The Pirates looked to bounce back following two consecutive series losses against the Brewers and the Royals. The team added a new offensive weapon before the series, trading for former Bucco Aramis Ramirez. Would the Pirates be able to bounce back against the first place Nationals?

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