• Gerrit Cole (sore right lat) is set to pitch another simulated game -- four innings, upwards of 60 pitches -- on Wednesday. Thereafter, without any setbacks, he may be ready to take a rehab assignment.
• The Bucs have won 14 consecutive games in which they have scored in the first inning, matching their best such streak since April 27-June 19, 1975 -- but only halfway to their all-time mark of 28, set in 1909.
• Brandon Cumpton made only one start for Indianapolis last week, but blanking Columbus for eight innings on two hits was enough for him to earn International League Pitcher of the Week honors. It is the Indians' fifth weekly award of the season.
• When Tony Watson, Jared Hughes and Jeanmar Gomez took turns picking up decisions in the three comeback wins over the Rockies, they formed the first trio of Pirates relievers to earn wins in a sweep since July 16-17, 1978, when the "vultures" were Ed Whitson, Grant Jackson and Kent Tekulve.
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