First number, last word

5: Number of consecutive home wins the Pirates had entering Sunday's series finale against the Rockies. Before the All-Star break, the Bucs swept the Phillies at PNC Park, marking their first sweep of the season in nine attempts. They were the last team in the Majors to accomplish the feat this season as they attempted to get the brooms out again Sunday.

"I think the MVP is the baddest dude in the league. And sometimes the baddest dude in the league doesn't play on a playoff team." -- Clint Hurdle, on whether the league's Most Valuable Player needs to be on a successful team.

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