It rained all day Friday in Pittsburgh but, if anyone somehow managed to stay dry, A.J. Burnett had that all taken care of: He entered the clubhouse early in the afternoon brandishing a squirt gun.
The schedule for the Pirates' first preseason meeting since 2000 with their Altoona affiliate has been confirmed: The Bucs will drop into People Natural Gas Field on their way north from 2013 Spring Training, taking on the Curve in a 2 p.m. exhibition on March 30.
Neil Walker's first-inning single on Friday gave him six straight hits in PNC Park. He went 5-for-5 against the Giants in the last game prior to the All-Star break, on July 8.
The Pirates improved their record to 10-4 in front of crowds of 30,000-plus in PNC Park, where they have won 19 of their last 23.
Rookie reliever Jared Hughes stranded both runners he inherited from Chris Resop in the seventh, and he has stranded 18 of 19 inherited runners this season.