Worth noting

• Hurdle noted Wednesday was just a day off for both second baseman Neil Walker and Russell Martin -- giving both players two days of rest with the Pirates idle on Thursday. Walker played sparingly for two weeks because of back tightness, and Martin will not be behind the plate for the first time in 10 games.

• The Pirates have not lost more than seven games in a row since a 10-game losing streak from July 29-Aug. 7, 2011.

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