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• Lefty Tony Watson went one inning and threw 23 pitches in a High-A exhibition at Pirate City, without any issues. His next step will be determined after he gets his day-after evaluation on Monday.

• Jason Grilli, formerly of Team Italy, will make his return appearance in Monday's game against Boston. Grilli's last outing for the Bucs was on March 3.

• This is why manager Clint Hurdle was serious months ago when he said he was considering Russell Martin to be his No. 2 hitter: Martin is batting only .143, but has reached base in each of his nine games and has an on-base percentage of .357.

• Ivan DeJesus trigged the Pirates' four-run rally in the ninth with his eighth hit in his last 16 at-bats, and is batting .407 (11-for-27) overall.

• Sure you've been wondering about this: Of the 1,768 players who have suited up for the Pirates through the years, only two were Green -- Fred (1959-61 left-hander) and Chris (1984 left-hander). Hank Greenberg (1947) does not count.

• Neil Walker was in the original lineup but, with a right-hander (Ivan Nova) starting for the Yankees, instead got some right-handed at-bats in a Minor League game at Pirate City.

• Matt Diaz, a semi-regular outfielder for the Bucs through most of the 2011 season, was coincidentally released by the Yankees on Sunday morning. He had been in their camp on a non-roster invitation.

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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