• Andrew McCutchen played in his 23rd consecutive game on Monday, the longest playing streak among the Pirates, which is significant only because Monday was also the 73rd anniversary of Lou Gehrig's 2,130th consecutive and final Major League game. The Iron Horse removed himself from the Yankees' lineup after an 0-for-4 against the Washington Senators dropped his season average to .143. Two years later, the gentleman legend died from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
• Pirates' "buried" treasure? On the day Justin Wilson and Jameson Taillon were named pitchers of the week in the International and Florida State leagues, Garret Cole fashioned a fabulous line of his own for Bradenton, allowing one hit in six shutout innings Monday night against Jupiter, with one walk and six strikeouts.
In his hot-or-cold April, Pedro Alvarez either struck out (23) or banged an extra base hit (five homers, four doubles) in more than half of his 59 at-bats.