The Lottery, a negotiated feature of the current Basic Agreement between MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association, involves the 10 clubs with the lowest revenues and those in the smallest markets. Clubs not receiving post-first-round selections were entered into a secondary lottery to determine six more bonus picks following the second round.
Touching all the bases • First: Francisco Liriano, slated to open a four-game series against the Nationals on Thursday night at PNC Park, winged back to Pittsburgh hours before Wednesday night's first pitch. The rest of the club is expected to arrive back home at about 3 a.m. ET.
• Second: Francisco Cervelli raised his right arm to showcase the reduced swelling and increased mobility in the bruised wrist that had forced him out of Monday's game. He felt he'd be ready to resume playing on Thursday, as did manager Clint Hurdle.
"I really felt compelled to give him one more day, then he'll be fit for duty," Hurdle said.
• Third: Through Tuesday, the Buccos' bullpen was the Majors' best in stranding inherited runners: 68 of 80, or 85 percent.
• Home: Third-base coach Rick Sofield, on sending Starling Marte into the first out at home in the ninth inning of Tuesday night's 3-1 defeat: "It was brutal. My bad. But when I saw the ball bounce at the 410-foot sign and with [Lorenzo] Cain having an average arm, I'm thinking 'run' right away."