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• The nation joined Pirates pitcher Jared Hughes in celebrating his 27th birthday on Wednesday.

• The Pirates would have had to lose Wednesday's game to match the midpoint record of the last Pittsburgh team to play in the postseason (and have a winning record). The 1992 Bucs were 44-37 at the 81-game mark.

• In Thursday night's finale of the Houston series, the Pirates will try to complete their first four-game sweep since May 29-May 1, 2006, when they did it to the Brewers at PNC Park. Already, the Bucs have run their record in the last 12 series to 10-1-1.

• The victory over Houston rookie Dallas Keuchel improved the Pirates' home record against left-handed starters to 10-2.

• Jason Grilli's perfect outing on Wednesday was No. 300 of his career. "Those kinds of milestones, any time you reach a round number, are awesome. I hope to get 300 more before I retire," Grilli said.

• Pirates pinch-hitters have delivered 11 hits in their last 26 at-bats, an average of .423.

• The nation joined Pirates pitcher Jared Hughes in celebrating his 27th birthday on Wednesday.

• The Pirates would have had to lose Wednesday's game to match the midpoint record of the last Pittsburgh team to play in the postseason (and have a winning record). The 1992 Bucs were 44-37 at the 81-game mark.

• In Thursday night's finale of the Houston series, the Pirates will try to complete their first four-game sweep since May 29-May 1, 2006, when they did it to the Brewers at PNC Park. Already, the Bucs have run their record in the last 12 series to 10-1-1.

• The victory over Houston rookie Dallas Keuchel improved the Pirates' home record against left-handed starters to 10-2.

• Jason Grilli's perfect outing on Wednesday was No. 300 of his career. "Those kinds of milestones, any time you reach a round number, are awesome. I hope to get 300 more before I retire," Grilli said.

• Pirates pinch-hitters have delivered 11 hits in their last 26 at-bats, an average of .423.

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