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18: The number of consecutive games in which Pirates reliever Tony Watson has not allowed a run. Watson's 18 2/3-innings scoreless streak currently ranks as the fourth-longest in the National League.

"We encouraged him to go where you need to go, do what you need to do, but we'd love to have you back because we feel really positive and optimistic that there will be an opportunity for you here again." -- Manager Clint Hurdle on reliever Mazzaro clearing waivers and being sent to Triple-A Indianapolis

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