Worth noting

• Andrew McCutchen talked in the spring about returning to the headfirst slide that worked for him in the past, but in Thursday's game had gone feet first in stealing both second and third in the seventh inning against the Cubs.

The steal of second was on a hit and run, although the hitter (Sanchez) did not offer at the ball.

"You don't want to go in head first on a hit and run, and never into third," explained McCutchen, who is perfect in his first four steal attempts.

• Brandon Inge was the designated hitter in Triple-A Indianapolis' season opener on Thursday night and was scheduled to play in the field in Friday night's game.

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