Hurdle said before Saturday's game that left-handed reliever Tony Watson would not be available for the contest. He also said that Chris Resop, who threw 24 pitches on Friday, should be able to pitch.
A victory Saturday night would push A.J. Burnett's record at PNC Park this season to 8-0, tying the eight-game winning streak Todd Ritchie set in 2001 -- which is the longest by a Pirates pitcher in their current digs. Burnett also needs one more win to reach 15. The last Bucs hurler to post that many in one year also was Ritchie, who pulled off the feat in 1999.