Worth noting

Worth noting

• 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.