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Mostly merry month of May

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With a win tonight, the Pirates would go 15-13 in May. It would be their most wins in the month since the Pirates went 15-13 in 2008, which also was the last time they had a winning record in May. They went 13-13 in May 2011. Andrew McCutchen ranks second among in the NL this month in slugging percentage (.744), is fourth in batting average (.378) and is tied for third with eight homers. James McDonald’s 1.54 ERA this month is third-best behind Bud Norris (1.17) and Ryan Vogelsong (1.51).

»»» No options for Morton: I didn’t have this info at my fingertips this morning when I was on TribLive Radio, but I looked into it and, yes, Charlie Morton is out of minor league options. The only current member of the rotation who has options is Kevin Correia, who has one.

»»» Milestone: Last night, Rod Barajas played in his 1,000th game behind the plate. He ranks third among active catchers behind A.J. Pierczynski (1,474 games) and Ramon Hernandez (1,414).

Game 50: Reds @ Pirates, 7:05 p.m. ET

Reds (27-21): 1. Zach Cozart ss, 2. Drew Stubbs cf, 3. Jay Bruce rf, 4. Brandon Phillips 2b, 5. Chris Heisey lf, 6. Todd Frazier 3b, 7. Mike Costanzo 1b, 8. Ryan Hanigan c, 9. Johnny Cueto rhp (5-2, 2.53)

Pirates (24-25): 1. Jose Tabata lf, 2. Jordy Mercer ss, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 5. Neil Walker 2b, 6. Garrett Jones rf, 7. Matt Hague 1b, 8. Rod Barahas c, 9. A.J. Burnett rhp (3-2, 4.19)

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