Worth noting

Clint Barmes (strained left groin) stepped up his rehab to fielding grounders hit to him and participating in regular batting practice prior to Monday night's game against the Giants.

• The string of left-handers facing the Pirates -- San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner was the eighth in 10 games since the All-Star break -- keeps benched one of the team's hottest hitters. Ike Davis, the lefty-hitting first baseman, was 6-for-14 (.429) with two homers and five RBIs since the break, much of it coming off the bench.

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