Worth noting

Worth noting

• The Pirates have never won a series at Citizens Bank Park, which opened in 2004.

"We don't have a good record here," manager Clint Hurdle said. "As a matter of fact, I'll be the first one to tell you that early in my managerial career [with the Rockies], I don't think I ever managed a team that won a game at the old ballpark [Veterans Stadium]. I think we got wiped out the two times we went in, so I was a big fan of this park being built."

• Pittsburgh's 18-9 record since May 25 was the best in the National League entering Monday's slate of games.

• Entering Monday's game, Pirates starters combined for a 1.17 ERA in the previous six games.

• Erik Bedard, who will start on Tuesday, is five strikeouts shy of 1,000 for his career. Reaching that mark would make him the 13th active left-hander with at least that many. The Yankees' Andy Pettitte is the active leader, with 2,303.