Petrina McCutchen, the mother of outfielder Andrew, belted out the national anthem prior to Wednesday night's game. Not surprisingly, she hit all the notes.
Jordy Mercer made his sixth start of the season at shortstop, and his first since July 29, to give Clint Barmes the day off. Barmes sat with an ongoing streak of 32 errorless games.
Jeff Locke picked a good day for his return to the Major Leagues: Wednesday was the Pirates' annual team photo day. Conversely, Alex Presley, who spent most of the season with the Bucs, missed the team shoot after being sent down to Triple-A.