First number, last word

1,000: Games in PNC Park history, with Friday night's opener of the series with the Reds. The Pirates had won 488 of the first 999.

"They're behind the curtain, in a place called Oz." -- Hurdle, in response to a question about who is responsible for the defensive shifts the Pirates have used extensively and with good results.

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. Steven Petrella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.