First number, last word

First number, last word

66: Morneau's new uniform number, as of Wednesday night's game. With the Twins, the first baseman wore No. 33 -- retired by the Pirates in honor of charter Hall of Famer Honus Wagner. Morneau wore No. 36 for his first three games with the Bucs, then decided to just double his original number.

"It was strong, very strong. A lot. I'm still naive enough to have tried to respond to all of them. It was very humbling -- and quite meaningful." -- Hurdle on the volume of his text messages following Tuesday's win, the Pirates' losing-record-avoiding 81st of the season.

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.