• Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister observed a bittersweet anniversary Tuesday. Thirty-two years ago, he came off the Bucs' bench to single off Atlanta right-hander Dan Petry in his first Major League at-bat -- which, due to injury and bad breaks, would also turn out to be his last Major League at-bat.
• Home runs in his first two at-bats Monday had given Andrew McCutchen 44 hits, including 13 homers, in his first 99 career at-bats against the Nationals -- making him, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the second big league player to reach those numbers within 100 at-bats against one opponent. The first, Todd Helton, oddly had done it against the Nats' forerunners, the Montreal Expos.
• Jeff Locke has had two starts this season in which he has allowed only one hit: Against the Cubs on June 9, he allowed his only hit on his final pitch of the game -- and Sunday in Cincinnati he allowed his only hit on his first pitch of the game.
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