Worth noting

Worth noting

• After more positive bullpen work -- he threw 40 pitches Friday afternoon -- Jeff Karstens (shoulder inflammation) has been tentatively scheduled to make a two-inning rehab start on Monday with Double-A Altoona.

"That's in the works. We just have to figure out how to get him there," said manager Clint Hurdle.

• The Bucs' 18-21 record matches their 2011 record after 39 games. ... The Bucs are wrapping up a three-stop road trip (following series in Miami and Washington) entirely on Eastern Time for the first time since 2003; then, it was Atlanta, Toronto, Tampa Bay.

The Last Word: "Yeah, my wife says that when my dog sees me pitch on TV, he gets scared." -- Jared Hughes, when told his game-face was creeping out Nationals broadcasters during the recent series in Washington.