Jeff Karstens (shoulder inflammation) is scheduled for a bullpen session on Wednesday, then another rehab start of four innings or 60 pitches on Saturday. It hasn't yet been determined whether Karstens will do that with Double-A Altoona or Triple-A Indianapolis.
Until Monday night's 5-4 victory in the series opener, the Bucs had lost 160 consecutive games when trailing by four-plus runs, a stretch that went back to June 1, 2009, and was the second longest in MLB history. The only longer such skein was by the Washington Senators, who lost 178 straight from 1906-10.
After going 1-for-4 on Tuesday, Rod Barajas has an eight-game hitting streak, and is also hitting .371 (13-for-35) over his last 10 games.
The Last Word: "If it's high, let it fly. If it's low, let it go." -- Manager Clint Hurdle's poetic synopsis of how to handle knuckleballs, like those of the Mets' R.A. Dickey.