Worth noting

Francisco Liriano (strained left oblique) will throw the first simulated game of his rehab on Wednesday, scheduled for four total innings, the first behind the protective "L" screen.

• Sunday's 5-2 win over the Mets was only the Bucs' eighth in the 35 games they have been outhit by the opposition; New York had 13 hits to the Pirates' eight.

• In Tuesday night's game, Neil Walker made only his fourth career start at No. 8 in the lineup, the first since last Sept. 15.

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