--2B Neil Walker leads the Pirates with 30 RBI, but that might be masking his .263 average, brought about largely from his current 0-for-16 slump. His last hit came Friday, a three-run home run against Detroit.
--3B Steve Pearce should get most of the starts on the coming trip. He is batting .300 off the Pirates' bench, including 3-for-5 Wednesday out of the No. 2 spot, including his first home run. "He has consistently given us good at-bats," manager Clint Hurdle said.
--RHP Jeff Karstens will make his scheduled start Sunday, even though he pitched two innings of relief in the 11-inning loss Wednesday to Atlanta. Karstens was assigned to the bullpen for that series while his turn in the rotation.
--RHP Ross Ohlendorf, on the 15-day disabled list because of a shoulder strain, is playing catch from 120 feet without discomfort. He left Wednesday for the Pirates' complex in Bradenton, Fla., to begin mound sessions.
--SS Ronny Cedeno has been one of the Pirates' few productive hitters in May, with at least one hit in 19 of his last 23 games, but manager Clint Hurdle has no plan to move him up from his No. 8 spot. "We'll leave Ronny where Ronny is right now, see where it takes us," Hurdle said.
BY THE NUMBERS
2 -- Total number of runs the Pirates have scored in the last three games, all losses.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"We've got to find a way to pick up our pitchers more than we have seven weeks into the season." -- Manager Clint Hurdle.
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