Worth noting

Worth noting

• The Pirates will make a determination on whether Charlie Morton [left foot plantar fasciitis] will be able to make his scheduled Friday night start based on how the right-hander's bullpen session went prior to Wednesday's game.

Morton said after the session he "plans on taking the ball" on Friday, but the team had yet to make an announcement.

Jordy Mercer sat out Wednesday's game with a post-All Star Game break average of .310 (39-for-126), third best on the Pirates behind McCutchen (.371) and Gaby Sanchez (.320).

• The Bucs entered Wednesday's game with a 4-4 record on this road trip -- and Hurdle entered it with a 234-234 record as the team's skipper.

They pushed both marks above .500 with a 7-5 win.

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.