• Closer Jason Grilli will be honored as the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame's Man of the Year at a Sunday night banquet in town.
• When Hurdle summed up the 2013 season series with the Cards with, "We wiped them out here, and they wiped us out there," he was not kidding.
Counting the National League Division Series, the teams split 24 games. In the Pirates' 12 wins, they outscored the Redbirds, 70-16. In the 12 losses, they were outscored 92-30.
• Volquez confirmed he's "good" to make his scheduled start on Sunday, with Thursday's two-inning relief outing not raising any issues.