Next goal: 192-1

And here I thought the Bucs were going 193-0 in 2012. …

Clint Hurdle on the Saturday outing of Chris Leroux, which consisted of giving up a homer to Eric Thames on “a first-pitch fastball, then he cut up the next three hitters (striking them out). Looked like (Thames) got his attention.” …

Ryota Igarashi, who probably had the sharpest outing of the eight pitchers used by Hurdle, will get “every opportunity to make the club,” said the manager. …

I remember as a kid, in 1960, constantly being told that the Pirates had not been in a World Series in 33 years, and it seemed like such a long time. Which of course it was, but to a little kid it sounded even longer than that, like eternity. Well, entering the 2012 season, the Pirates have not been in a World Series in … 33 years. …

Gratuitous stat of the day: The Pirates have won five of the last six World Series that they have been in (all seven-game classics). Can any other team match that conversion record? …

Drove on US-19 behind an SUV with the personalized license plate “GORKYS” — and it was not driven by Bucs outfielder Gorkys Hernandez! …

Right behind McKechnie Field on the corner of 17th Avenue West and 9th Street West is Papi’s Place. No David Ortiz in sight, however. …

You know, of course, that the Pirates’ (Jake) Fox was once dealt for a (Ross) Wolf. In that June 2010 deal, Fox went from the A’s to the Orioles in exchange for the right-handed pitcher. …

Quote of the Day:

  • “Things shift. When shift happens, you put your foot down and move on.” [Clint Hurdle]

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