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29: As in the age Pirates reliever Ernesto Frieri turned on Saturday. The right-hander, who also wears No. 29, has allowed six runs in seven appearances (four innings/13.50 ERA) since joining the Pirates in a trade three weeks ago.

"I think there was a point in time around second base that he just made his mind up that he was going to go. There was never a point where he saw [third-base coach Nick Leyva]. Now that comes with baseball awareness; that comes with experience. That's one area he has plenty of room to improve upon." -- Clint Hurdle on Starling Marte trying to stretch a triple into an inside-the-park home run on Friday.

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