First number, last word

978: Days between stolen bases for Clint Barmes. The shortstop recorded his first steal in two and a half seasons Friday night. The last time he swiped a bag was on Sept. 18, 2011, when he was a member of the Astros.

"Once it's out of the pitcher's hand, that's when you take ownership of it. Sometimes we want to take ownership of it before it's out of his hand. We have a preconceived mindset of what we're trying to do." - Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, on patience at the plate.

Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.