The (Saturday) Windup, “Get a Grip” edition

Why couldn’t Jared Hughes throw out Yasmany Tomas, who took off from first base Friday night while the Pittsburgh reliever still had the ball in his glove? Hughes calmly stepped off the rubber and turned to second, but “I had a slider grip on the ball and had to readjust my fingers, and by then I threw too late.” … 

A.J. Burnett takes the mound tonight as the third-worst supported pitcher in the bigs. The Bucs have given him a total of four runs in his first three starts, and only Tim Hudson and Phil Hughes have received less. …

Clint Hurdle and Jeff Banister are obvious soul mates, and Hurdle enjoyed a close relationship with Josh Hamilton while serving as the Texas Rangers’ batting coach in 2010. However, Banister apparently didn’t chat up Hurdle before the Rangers swung a deal with the Angels to bring Hamilton back to Arlington. … 

Two former Pirates managers are calling the shots today. Lloyd McClendon will do his daily thing with the Mariners, and John Russell is running the Orioles with Buck Showalter absent to attend a relative’s memorial services. … 

The Bucs are taking another crack at their first four-game April winning streak since 2008. …

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