• Russell Martin keeps getting props for leading all Major League catchers in runners caught stealing (226) since he broke in with the Dodgers in 2006. The praise is deserving, and his defensive influence on the Pirates can't be overstated.
However, one must bear in mind the intimidation factor: St. Louis' Yadier Molina, regarded as being the Majors' best throwing catcher, has nailed 189 runners in the same stretch. However, Martin has also had exactly twice as many bases stolen on his watch (514) than Molina (257).
He was credited with another caught stealing in Friday's game, but a ran came home because of an error on the play.
• Last Sunday in New York, Clint Barmes became only the second player this season to get two hits off the Mets' Matt Harvey. Miami's Donovan Solano did it first, and the Cubs' Starlin Castro did it on Friday.