Worth noting

Worth noting

• The Pirates took a record of 10-9 vs. the National League West into Tuesday night's game against the D-backs. The Bucs haven't finished with a winning record against teams in that division since 2004, when they went 16-4. Following this homestand, which has them facing only West teams (the Padres and Dodgers come to town following the D-backs), the Bucs will have three games against that division remaining (Aug. 20-22 in San Diego).

• Travis Snider, the only newcomer among the Bucs who had never been in PNC Park prior to Monday night, gave his first impressions: "Unbelievable backdrop. I could easily get used to playing here a long time."

Told that the place hadn't always been as electric as it is these days, he said, "Hopefully, we can keep it plugged in."

• Going into Tuesday night's game, Pirates starting pitchers ranked third in the league with a total of 46 victories. Over the entire 2011 season, the Bucs got 49 wins from their rotation.