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Worth noting

• Two upcoming Pirates games will be available on MLB Network in the Pittsburgh market due to ROOT Sports' coverage of the Penguins in the NHL playoffs. The first game available on MLB Network will be Saturday's game against the Brewers at 7 p.m. ET. The second game will be next Wednesday, April 23, against the Reds at 7 p.m. ET.

Local channel listings are available at For customers who have DirecTV or DISH Network, the game will be available both nights on MLB Network alternate channels. On DirecTV, the channel number is 213-1; on DISH, the channel number is 478.

• The Pirates have homered 15 times in their last eight games after hitting a total of four home runs in their first seven games. Only Atlanta (21) has hit more home runs than Pittsburgh (19) this season among National League teams.

George Von Benko is a contributor to
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