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• Right-hander Chad Qualls aced his rehab "start" for Indianapolis on Monday, striking out the side in the first -- including Joey Votto, the Reds star on his own rehab assignment with Louisville. Qualls will throw a bullpen session Wednesday, a simulated game on Friday and be activated on Sunday -- the day before the Bucs open a series in Cincinnati against the Reds and Votto, who was activated Tuesday.

• With Wandy Rodriguez following Jeff Locke to the mound Tuesday, the Pirates had left-handers start consecutive games for the first time since Sept. 25-26, 2010, when Zach Duke and Paul Maholm faced the Astros at PNC Park.

• Monday night's steal of third base by Indianapolis reliever Jose Diaz -- all 300 pounds of him -- was the pregame talk of the Bucs' clubhouse. "Book and movie coming," promised manager Hurdle.

• Right-hander Chad Qualls aced his rehab "start" for Indianapolis on Monday, striking out the side in the first -- including Joey Votto, the Reds star on his own rehab assignment with Louisville. Qualls will throw a bullpen session Wednesday, a simulated game on Friday and be activated on Sunday -- the day before the Bucs open a series in Cincinnati against the Reds and Votto, who was activated Tuesday.

• With Wandy Rodriguez following Jeff Locke to the mound Tuesday, the Pirates had left-handers start consecutive games for the first time since Sept. 25-26, 2010, when Zach Duke and Paul Maholm faced the Astros at PNC Park.

• Monday night's steal of third base by Indianapolis reliever Jose Diaz -- all 300 pounds of him -- was the pregame talk of the Bucs' clubhouse. "Book and movie coming," promised manager Hurdle.