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Worth noting

• Postseason home-field advantage? Last October, home teams went 7-12 in National League playoff series -- including the loss by Wild Card host Atlanta.

In the Division Series era (since 1995), home teams in NL win-or-go home games stand 5-9. The most surprising aspect of that stat, actually, is that of 54 series, only 14 went down to a decisive game.

• Hurdle said he and his staff had drawn up three possible starting rotations for this season-ending three-game series, and settled on A.J. Burnett, Charlie Morton and, if needed, Cole.

Starling Marte is the third Pirates player ever with more than 25 doubles (he has 26), 10 triples, 12 home runs and 40 stolen bases in a season. Most impressively, the two predecessors played in a bygone era: Jake Stenzel in 1894 and Kiki Cuyler in 1925.

Tom Singer is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer.
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