• John McDonald, who was scratched from his last scheduled rehab start for Indianapolis with soreness in his lower back, was due to try it again Saturday night and play seven innings.
• Going into Francisco Liriano's start Saturday night, the Pirates had won 11 of the 15 starts made by their left-handers at PNC Park. The starters themselves had a record of 8-2, with a 2.24 ERA, but the Bucs won three of their five no-decisions.
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