• The Bucs' rotation remains intact following A.J. Burnett's Sunday comeback start: Jeff Locke, Gerrit Cole and Francisco Liriano are lined up to face American League West-leading Oakland on Monday-Wednesday at PNC Park.
• Reese McGuire's professional career has nowhere to go but down? The 14th overall selection in the June First-Year Player Draft made his debut with the Gulf Coast League Pirates on Thursday -- and went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs.
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