Worth noting

Worth noting

• In 41 appearances covering 56 innings, Pirates reliever Vin Mazzaro has allowed 16 runs -- only two more than he gave up in one 2 1/3-inning outing for the Royals on May 16, 2011.

• Looking forward to a possible playoff run-in with the Dodgers? Los Angeles is 41-11 since its last series loss. That came in Pittsburgh, on June 14-16.

Pedro Alvarez's next home run will make him the first third baseman in Pirates history with two seasons of 30-plus homers.

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