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Pirates alter McCutchen-based ticket discount

| Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 3:22 p.m.

If you thought Andrew McCutchen would hit more than four home runs in Monday's All-Star Home Run Derby in Kansas City, you weren't alone. So did the Pirates, who changed a discount ticket deal hours after McCutchen's disappointing exhibition.

Monday morning, the club announced that for the July 23-25 series against the Cubs it would lower ticket prices in two sections of PNC Park by one dollar for every home run McCutchen hit in the Derby. But after McCutchen hit only four, the Pirates issued a news release late Monday night revising the plan. The new “Andrew McCutchen Home Run Derby Discount Ticket Offer” will recognize the 18 homers McCutchen has hit during the season.

Instead of lower outfield box tickets that normally sell for $28 being reduced to $24, and $24 outfield box tickets being reduced to $20 — according to the original plan — tickets in both sections will be slashed to $18, a reduction of $10 and $6, respectively.

“We changed it to give the fans a better value,” Pirates coordinator of business communications Terry Rodgers said Tuesday. “If he had hit a bunch of homers (in the Derby), we would have gone with the higher total.”

Rodgers said the discounts would remain regardless of McCutchen's performance in Tuesday night's All-Star Game.

— Staff reports

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