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8: Home runs by Pedro Alvarez, including Friday night's blow against the Angels, in his last 16 Interleague games -- after he'd been kept in the yard in the first 20.

"Every day is like a day in the bank for him. He can deposit some new experience." -- Hurdle on Mercer, who has spent a lot of time on the Pirates' roster the last two seasons but on Saturday was making only his 27th big league start at shortstop.

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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.