Worth noting

Worth noting

• 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.