• The Pirates have been outhit in seven straight games by a total of 71-50, but they are 5-2 in that stretch. In all other games in which the Pirates have been outhit this season, they're 4-25.
• Wednesday was the first day Major League clubs could sign international free agents, and the Pirates stepped up to ink Yondry Contreras, a 16-year-old outfielder from the Dominican Republic, for $400,000.
Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.