• Reliever and free thinker Vic Black shared his first random fact of the day with his teammates Thursday. The first soccer ball used in World Cup competition, Black says, was a monkey skull covered with leather.
• Ike Davis was fascinated to learn that the surname of third-base coach Tim Teufel means devil in German and that the name of former Pirates reliever Jim Gott means God in German. Davis laughed when he learned Teufel once had beaten Gott with a home run.
Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.