First number, last word

15: The number of consecutive games the Pirates will play against the NL West, starting Friday against the Rockies. The Bucs are 9-4 against the division so far this season, and they also started their 2014 campaign with 26 straight games against NL Central opponents.

"As I'm going through my mind, I'm thinking 'Robinson, Kaline, Brett, Ripken, Jones, Jeter.' This might be the end of the back-of-the-bubble-gum, one-team guy." -- Clint Hurdle, reflecting on Derek Jeter receiving an ovation at this week's All-Star Game in Minneapolis.

Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for Teddy Cahill is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.