Bucs bits

Bucs bits

• Pirates manager Clint Hurdle ruled out reliever Brad Lincoln for a second consecutive day Sunday. Lincoln threw 48 pitches in a two-inning stint Friday.

• Jose Tabata is batting .243 in 37 at-bats through Saturday at Triple-A Indianapolis since his demotion from the Pirates earlier this month.

• A win Sunday would give Pittsburgh an eighth straight series victory against National League Central opponents. That would mark its most consecutive series wins within the division since 10 straight series wins in 1992, when Pittsburgh was part of the National League East.

• Pittsburgh and Milwaukee won't meet again until the final week of August, when the Brewers make their first trip of the season to PNC Park. Milwaukee will make another visit to Pittsburgh in September, and the Pirates visit Miller Park once more beginning Aug. 31.