April showers bring May ... powers? Entering Friday night's game, the Bucs, whose early-season hitting was drawing comparison to some of the meekest offensive performances in MLB history, led the Majors in extra-base hits since April 24. In that stretch, Pittsburgh had 38 and was followed by Boston (36) and Seattle (34).
Fans wandering into PNC Park's Hall of Fame club in the later innings of Friday night's game had their drinks mixed and served left-handed -- by former Pirates southpaw John Smiley, the club's last 20-game winner (20-8 in 1991).
The Last Word:
"You just keep pitching, and we'll count them." -- Clint Hurdle to Erik Bedard, who said he wasn't aware that he had struck out a club-record seven consecutive batters in Thursday's start in St. Louis.