Worth noting

• Rain is virtually a sure thing Thursday, jeopardizing the Pirates' rematch with the Blue Jays at McKechnie Field. Hurdle acknowledged having come up with adjusted workout and pitching plans with his staff, but saw no need to get into it prematurely.

• The Pirates play their first "B" game of the spring on Friday, hosting a Twins squad at 10 a.m. ET at Pirate City.

• Catcher Russell Martin and center fielder Andrew McCutchen have each played in only three of the Bucs' eight spring contests, as planned.

"The time will come for them to play back-to-back games, but not yet. Probably in the second or third week (of March)," Hurdle said.

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