• The Bucs were winless in day games (0-4) entering Sunday's match with the Reds, partly because they were not getting Pedro Alvarez's usual daytime production. Alvarez, whose 18 sun-lit homers last season were a Pittsburgh high since Willie Stargell's 19 in 1971, was 1-for-13 in those first four day games.
• Right-hander Kyle McPherson went on the Triple-A seven-day disabled list with forearm tightness after leaving his Friday night start for Indianapolis with discomfort. McPherson, a Spring Training contender for a spot in the Pirates' rotation, is on his way to Pittsburgh to have his injury assessed.
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