Drew Sutton's very brief time in the Pirates organization ended Monday afternoon, when the corner infielder was dealt to the Rays for future player or cash considerations. The Bucs flipped Sutton after having acquired him the previous evening from the Braves, likewise for cash considerations.
By playing errorless ball through the first two innings of Monday's game, the Pirates matched their longest errorless string of the season at 58 innings, earlier managed from April 21-28. Overall, the Bucs began play ranked 10th in the 16-team NL in defense.
The Pirates have been picked on for this season's two highest "game scores" by starting pitchers: Matt Cain's 96 for his one-hit shutout of the Bucs on April 13, and Justin Verlander's 95 for his one-hit shutout last Friday.
Only once in the post-1918 live-ball era have pitching teammates accomplished what the Bucs' Erik Bedard and James McDonald have already done this season: Notch 11 strikeouts while pitching less than six innings, as Bedard did on May 3 in St. Louis and McDonald on Thursday in Washington. In 2009, Yankees CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett pioneered that trick.
Jeff Karstens made a no-problem, efficient rehab start for Double-A Altoona on Monday, blanking Harrisburg on two hits through three innings, during which he made 37 pitches. Karstens repaired to the bullpen for eight more pitches to reach his target of 45. It was the first rehab outing for Kartstens, on the DL since April 18 with shoulder inflammation, and his next step will be determined later in the week.
Andrew McCutchen has 12 hits in his last 18 at-bats off southpaws and is hitting them at a .465 (20-for-43) clip for the season. He also raised his average in the month of May to .396, with seven homers and 14 RBIs in games.