• Andrew McCutchen was the unanimous winner of the Roberto Clemente Award, presented by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America to the Pirates' most valuable player. Other winners as voted by members of the BBWAA were Francisco Liriano as the team's most outstanding pitcher and Neil Walker, recipient of the Chuck Tanner Award for media cooperation.
• For the first time since Sept. 12, 2004, the Pirates and Steelers -- who hosted the Chicago Bears in Heinz Field at 8:30 p.m. ET -- played home games on the same day Sunday.
• Asked for his outstanding memory of the Pirates' home schedule, Hurdle harkened back to the June 2 game in which Jeanmar Gomez's start lasted one inning as he handed a 4-0 lead to Cincinnati's Mat Latos ... and five relievers combined to blank the Reds for 10 innings while the Bucs battled back for a 5-4 win in 11.
"That was one of the many games early in the year when the guys out of the bullpen pitched multiple innings and kept us alive as we scratched back on offense for a big win late," Hurdle said.
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