• Pirates right-hander Charlie Morton will make a rehab start for Double-A Altoona on Thursday and throw five innings or 75 pitches, Hurdle said on Monday. Morton went on the disabled list with a sports hernia in his right hip on Aug. 17. Hurdle said the sinkerballer has already thrown two bullpen sessions, one last Friday and another on Monday.
• Including Monday night's 3-2 loss, the Pirates are 4-3 against the Cardinals at PNC Park this season and are 5-0-1 in their last six home series against St. Louis.
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