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• It didn't take long for Jameson Taillon to make a Double-A impact. The right-hander copped Easter League Pitcher of the Week honors in his first week with Altoona -- kudos for his two winning starts in which he did not allow a run and rang up 13 strikeouts in 11 innings.

• More bumper crop on the farm: Bradenton first baseman Alex Dickerson was chosen as the Florida State League's Player of the Year. The Bucs' third-round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft is hitting .299 with 12 homers and 88 RBIs and leads the league in games played with 124.

• The Pirates have a sensational record of 37-12 in games they score first -- but left unsaid in that conspicuous stat is the alarming fact that the opposition has scored first in 61 percent (78 of 127) of their games. By contrast, the Cardinals came into town having scored first in 67 of their 127 of their games (53 percent).

• It didn't take long for Jameson Taillon to make a Double-A impact. The right-hander copped Easter League Pitcher of the Week honors in his first week with Altoona -- kudos for his two winning starts in which he did not allow a run and rang up 13 strikeouts in 11 innings.

• More bumper crop on the farm: Bradenton first baseman Alex Dickerson was chosen as the Florida State League's Player of the Year. The Bucs' third-round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft is hitting .299 with 12 homers and 88 RBIs and leads the league in games played with 124.

• The Pirates have a sensational record of 37-12 in games they score first -- but left unsaid in that conspicuous stat is the alarming fact that the opposition has scored first in 61 percent (78 of 127) of their games. By contrast, the Cardinals came into town having scored first in 67 of their 127 of their games (53 percent).