The Pirates played a big part in Major League Baseball's strong weekend attendance showing, culminating with the average crowd of 38,779 for the 15 Father's Day games. Boosted by a tremendous influx of fans from Pittsburgh, the three-game Interleague series in Cleveland attracted 89,716 and included the Indians' first two crowds of more than 30,000 people since Opening Day.
Outfielder Josh Bell, a second-round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, has picked up the pace of baseball activities on the comeback road from his late-May knee injury, although he isn't yet running the bases.
Gustavo Nunez, the forgotten shortstop who occupies a spot on the 40-man roster but has been on the 60-day DL since before Spring Training with a fractured right ankle, had a significant but undisclosed setback in early May: Due to irritation, the screws had to be removed from the joint, meaning the bone hence had to heal on its own. Nunez, acquired in the Rule 5 Draft out of the Detroit organization, has begun elementary baseball workouts that still do not include running drills.