• For the first time in more than a quarter-century, there could be some confusion if someone on one of Pirate City's fields calls out, "Maz!"
Bill Mazeroski, the Bucs' Hall of Fame second baseman, is of course here. But so is Vin Mazzero, the right-hander. The only other "Maz" in Pirates history? Lee Mazzilli, the 1983-86 outfielder.
• James McDonald has been having a good time reconnecting with a couple of new Pirates with whom he had come through the Dodgers farm system -- infielder Ivan De Jesus and catcher Lucas May.
"His cumulative experience can be valuable. And you can tell after just a couple of days in camp that he is a positive influence. But ... you've still got to be able to play." -- Pirates GM Neal Huntington, on veteran Brandon Inge, signed to provide help in the clubhouse and off the bench.