Worth noting

Worth noting

• Hurdle acknowledged that the Pirates, as is customary for most teams, are likely to tweak their starting rotation around the All-Star break. The four-day layoff, for instance, would actually allow Locke to start consecutive games on Sunday and then Friday.

"There could be some small shuffling. It's important not to have too many gaps [in individuals' throwing schedules] if we can avoid it," said Hurdle, who will take into consideration that the Bucs will open second-half play in Cincinnati in lining up the starters.

• Starling Marte (103 hits entering Friday night's game) and McCutchen (100) are the first Pirates teammates to take 100-plus hits into the All-Star break since 1979, when Omar Moreno had 110 and Dave Parker had 102.

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