Worth noting

• Starling Marte went into Tuesday night's game with three consecutive multi-hit games, which is pretty remarkable when considering the Pirates, as a team, were averaging 3.7 hits for their first seven games.

• Francisco Liriano (fractured non-throwing right arm) is scheduled to pitch two innings of a simulated game on Wednesday.

• Jose Contreras (Tommy John surgery) is to pitch two innings in an extended spring game.

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