PITTSBURGH -- Clint Hurdle's GTD (getting things done) list is getting shorter. With Saturday's victory over the Tigers, the Pirates knocked down another item: Showing up against American League clubs. Entering Sunday's finale with Detroit, the Bucs were 10-7 in Interleague Play. "It was another one of those things on the to-do list, to change the mentality, the environment," Hurdle said. "Prior to last season, our record (in Interleague Play) was real backwards, for whatever reason. So there's been an adjustment. We've been able to show up better the last two seasons."
Hurdle took over the Bucs' reins last season to see that their history in Interleague Play was the Majors' worst. In 2011, the Pirates' 8-7 record matched St. Louis for the best in Interleague Play among National League Central teams. This season, the Pirates are the only team in the division with a winning record over the AL (although both the Cardinals and the Reds still had a shot, taking 7-7 records into Sunday's play). "They don't give you trophies for that," Hurdle said. "But it's something we needed to do to show improvement."