Pagination Helper Customizations (styling)

I'm using the PaginationHelper and in my view I need to set the class for the current page's link to "current number" and I also need to get rid of the | characters before and after the pages.

I can set the overall class but not the current page class using:

<?php echo $paginator->numbers(array('before'=>'','after'=>'','class'=>'number')); ?>

So - I need to generate this:

<!-- End .pagination -->

But what gets generated is this:

Is there a simple way to do this??

Ideally I'd like to remove the spans completely but I don't see a way to do that in the api...