The Bucs may not have played a full season of plus-.500 ball since 1993, but they have been a dramatically winning ball club since 2009 in front of PNC Park crowds of 30,000-plus. Since the start of the '09 season, and including Saturday night's 3-2 win over the Reds in front of 33,019, the Pirates' big-crowd record is 30-17.
Neil Walker batted in a different spot in the lineup for the third consecutive game on Sunday, when he made his season debut in the No. 3 hole, replacing Andrew McCutchen. He was the cleanup guy on Friday and jumped to No. 2 on Saturday when Pedro Alvarez debuted in the four-hole, This season, Walker has already appeared in every spot from second to sixth.
The Last Word:
"I giggle when I see the handshakes. Some days we have trouble remembering the signs, but guys have 17 different handshakes they can throw down in the blink of an eye." -- Bucs manager Clint Hurdle, on one of the ways men playing a boy's game keep him young.