• The weekend callups of both outfielder Gorkys Hernandez and left-hander Jeff Locke made for a bizarre gathering in the visitors' clubhouse: All four players involved in the June 2009 Nate McLouth-for-Charlie Morton, Hernandez, Locke deal with Atlanta.
• On back-to-back days, Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez got their first career tastes of DHing. Alvarez went 0-for-3, all strikeouts, with a walk on Sunday after Walker had gone 2-for-4 with one strikeout on Saturday.
• Josh Harrison got a kick out of being targeted by Comerica Park boos all Saturday after having broken up Justin Verlander's no-hit bid Friday night. "First time I've been booed," said the versatile youngster. "I thought it was funny."
• The Interleague series drew a season-high 124,585 fans to Comerica Park. ... The Bucs fanned a total of 41 times in the three games, hitting double figures in each. ... Sixteen of the Pirates' club-record-tying 17 strikeouts were swinging -- all but the last, Nate McLouth taking a called third strike from Joaquin Benoit. ... Clint Barmes (2-for-3) had his first multihit game since May 3, at St. Louis. ... McLouth is hitless in his last 20 at-bats with nine strikeouts.
The Last Word:
"It was our first taste of Interleague Play and we came up a little short. Now we'll go home and get ready for the Mets."
-- Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, on his way out of Detroit and back to Pittsburgh for the onset of a nine-game homestand.