Pirates management received considerable criticism a month ago when Drew Sutton, who was flipped to the Rays hours after being acquired from the Braves, went on an immediate tear with Tampa Bay, going 6-for-11 in his first three games. So it should be noted that Sutton went 7-for-37 since and has been designated for assignment.
When A.J. Burnett came off the disabled list, Charlie Morton was slotted between him and James McDonald in the rotation. Since Morton underwent Tommy John surgery and the rotation was adjusted, McDonald and Burnett have worked back-to-back, and the Bucs are 7-1 in those games.
The Pirates are 6-2 in front of home crowds of 30,000-plus (and 34-17 since the start of the 2009 season), an MLB-best 15-4 at home since May 12 and 10-2 in home Interleague games the last two seasons.
Casey McGehee's 0-for-4 performance on Friday ended his hitting streak at nine games, two shy of his career-long streak, accomplished in each of the last two seasons.
Pedro Alvarez kept fanning ... his fire, for a change, going 1-for-2 to leave him 10-for-19 in his last six games. With a man on second and two outs in the second, he was walked intentionally by Doug Fister -- his first such pass of the season and only the third of his career.