--C Chris Snyder was activated off the 15-day disabled list after Tuesday's game against Milwaukee, and C Jason Jaramillo was optioned to Class AAA Indianapolis to make room. Snyder had been inactive since mid-March because of a strained lower back, but he had a solid rehabilitation stint in the minors. He will be the Pirates' starting catcher upon his return, sending C Ryan Doumit back to the bench.
Jaramillo went 5-for-14 (.357) in four games with Pittsburgh this season.
--RHP Kevin Correia won his first two starts for the Pirates, then had a no-hitter through five innings Tuesday. But the Brewers got to him for six runs in the next inning-plus, including Prince Fielder's three-run home run, leaving a bitter taste for a pitcher who probably deserved better.
--LF Jose Tabata's 10-game hitting streak ended when he went 0-for-2 with two walks. The streak had been the longest in the majors, and it included at least one hit in each of Pittsburgh's first 10 games. His on-base streak remains intact, though, and is now at 11.
--3B Pedro Alvarez came to the Pirates with exceptional power pedigree, but he has shown little pop or production in the early going, batting .195 with one extra-base hit, four RBI, 14 strikeouts and three walks. Manager Clint Hurdle dropped him in the order yet again, from No. 5 to No. 6, after Alvarez was dropped from cleanup early in spring training.
--RHP Daniel McCutchen, recalled last week from Class AAA Indianapolis, has retired the first four batters he has faced, relying heavily on his best pitch, the changeup. "It's always been the one I count on," he said. McCutchen was a starter until late last season, when management decided his low-velocity fastball would gain an extra tick or two in shorter bursts.
BY THE NUMBERS
153 -- Starts by Thursday's starter, Paul Maholm, since the start of the 2006 season, more than any National League left-hander in that span.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I believe you have to pitch inside and be aggressive all the time. Sometimes that leads to spirited confrontation, but basically it's just good, hard baseball." -- Manager Clint Hurdle, on the recent history of hit batsmen between the Pirates and Brewers.
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