• Washington said he has noticed the Ballpark in Arlington has played differently this year. Said Washington, "That wind tunnel in right-center, it's non-existent. It has been there a couple of nights, but it hasn't been consistent. Which is good. Everything is legitimate. The park has been playing really fair this year."
• Pirates infielder Clint Barmes hit a home run in the eighth inning on Wednesday in the finale of the three-game series against the Rangers. It was the only home run of the series, and there has never been a three-game series without a home run in the history of the Ballpark in Arlington.
• Kinsler was back at second base on Friday. He was used at designated hitter on Wednesday because of some soreness.
• The Rays are expected to pitch Alex Cobb, Jeremy Hellickson, Chris Archer and Matt Moore during their four-game series against the Rangers that starts Monday at Tropicana Field. The Rangers are expected to go with Matt Garza, Nick Tepesch, Derek Holland and Yu Darvish.