In a Minor League deal, the Pirates acquired outfielder Christian Marrero from Atlanta in exchange for infielder Brian Friday. Marrero, a 25-year-old left-handed hitter, was hitting .248 in 79 games split between the Braves' Double-A and Triple-A clubs and will report to Indianapolis.
A completely random observation: Friday night's game, a 6-5 Pittsburgh victory, was the Pirates' 28th (out of 99) in which either the winning or losing side scored five runs. Had the Astros been able to hold onto the 5-4 lead they took into the ninth, it would've been the Bucs' 15th game of the season with that final score.
Lefty Tony Watson's five relief wins tie him with Colorado's Rex Brothers for the most in the National League. Cleveland's Joe Smith has the most relief wins in the Majors, with seven.
The Bucs' 19 comeback wins from deficits of two-or-more runs lead the Majors. But here's the boldface part: 11 of those have been in away games; in 2009-11, the Pirates had a total of 10 such wins.
Former Pirates outfielder Steve Pearce was claimed on waivers from Baltimore by Houston on Saturday, and is expected to join the Astros in time for Sunday's finale of the four-game series. In three Interleague Games on June 12-14, Pearce went 5-for-12 against the Bucs, with a homer and six RBIs.
"Did you ever think you'd have that conversation with me this year?"
- Manager Clint Hurdle, when asked whether the Pirates, who in their season-opening hush had entered June with 38 homers and have loudly hit 74 since, were becoming dependent on the long ball.