• Charlie Morton (sports hernia) threw a four-inning, 76-pitch simulated game Tuesday afternoon in which, according to Hurdle, he "had pretty good command" but "physically, he felt the same."
If Morton reports no day-after ill effects, he will next throw a bullpen session either Thursday or Friday, then another sim game in Philadelphia on Tuesday.
"We're just trying to keep his arm alive. We're not ready to run him back into the rotation," Hurdle said.
• With their 53rd one-run game on Monday, the Bucs eclipsed their 2013 total of 52.
• And another '13 stat already eclipsed by the Pirates: Their 74 first-inning runs are 10 more than they totaled last season .
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