First number, last word

8,245: Attendance for Sunday's game against the Red Sox, highest this spring and third-highest in McKechnie Field history.

"When we're in the Major League clubhouse and a 23-year-old Pirate shows up, vs. a 23-year-old guy we get from another organization -- the other guy can be a good player, but he's not the same guy. These men are growing up together … and it's fun to watch the culture that's developing there." -- Hurdle, after spending Saturday at Pirate City with Pirates prospects and the organization's player-development staff.

Tom Singer is a reporter for 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.