First number, last word

14: Missed swings induced by Jeff Locke in his Friday night start against the Reds, matching a career high from Aug. 11 against the Rockies.

"It'd be a good thing for us to improve on that. We've got to, if we want to compete. But there's another, more important number here - it says '3 1/2 games out of first place.'" -- Manager Clint Hurdle, looking at Saturday's standings and the Bucs' 21-29 record against National League Central teams.

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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.