• 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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