• Injured pitchers Wandy Rodriguez and Jason Grilli both threw bullpens on Friday. Additionally, according to Hurdle, Rodriguez said he has "felt fine" since his 5 1/3-innings rehab start on Tuesday for Double-A Altoona.
• Recall the talk about how unusual was the Pirates' season-opening schedule of 26 consecutive games against National League Central rivals? Turns out, that was the longest intra-divisional stretch to start a season since the 1981 Blue Jays played 35 consecutive games against American League East foes.
• Two-time AL MVP Miguel Cabrera now is trying to run down a couple of Pirates Hall of Famers: He started Friday night's game 20 RBIs shy of tying Roberto Clemente's career total of 1,305 (No. 107 all time) and tied with Willie Stargell with 423 career doubles (No. 144).
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.Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jalaymance. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.