San Diego natives Kevin Correia and Stephen Strasburg, who square off tonight at PNC Park, attended rival high schools. Correia went to Grossmont High and Strasburg went to West Hills. The two schools are about seven miles apart. “They’re really close but when I was there it wasn’t much of a rivalry,” Correia said. “We were much better than them, so it wasn’t much of a rivalry. They were a newer high school (and) they weren’t that good. It wasn’t much of a rivalry, but we did play them a lot.” Correia, 31, led Grossmont to a section title his junior year and a runner-up finish as a senior, when he was a first-team all-section pick. Strasburg, 21, was a three-time letterman at West Hills and was named the school’s scholar-athlete of the year as a senior.
»»» Roster moves: Joel Hanrahan, whose grandmother recently died, today was placed on the bereavement list and is expected to return Sunday. Reliever Daniel McCutchen was recalled from Triple-A Indy. While Hanny is gone, Jason Grilli and Juan Cruz will handle the closer’s duties. Manager Clint Hurdle indicated he’ll decide who to use based on matchups.
»»» Sweep success: The Pirates have zero series sweeps this season. They also have never swept a set from the Nats in Pittsburgh. They could accomplish both tonight. The last time the Pirates swept the Nationals franchise was when the Montreal Expos lost three games here May 14-16, 1999.
»»» Minor matter: In two games since coming off the DL at Triple-A Indy, INF Chase d’Arnaud has two stolen basesn. Today, he scored a run in Indy’s 5-1 loss against Lehigh Valley. “I’m so thankful for being able to do physical activity in general,” d’Arnaud said. “For three weeks, I wasn’t able to do so much as work out and run. All I was really able to do was ride a bike for 10 minutes, and I wasn’t able to do that until the headache subsided. It really helped me find a newfound appreciation for freedom to be able to run and jump and anything like that. I’m just happy to be out here.”
Game 31: Nationals @ Pirates, 7:05 p.m. ET
Nationals (18-12): 1. Ian Desmond ss, 2. Roger Bernadina lf, 3. Ryan Zimmerman 3b, 4. Adam LaRoche 1b, 5. Bryce Harper rf, 6. Danny Espinosa 2b, 7. Rick Ankiel cf, 8. Jesus Flores c, 9. Stephen Strasburg rhp (2-0, 1.66)
Pirates (14-16): 1. Jose Tabata rf, 2. Alex Presley lf, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 5. Neil Walker 2b, 6. Garrett Jones 1b, 7. Clint Barmes ss, 8. Michael McKenry c, 9. Kevin Correia rhp (1-2, 3.38)