Before Tuesday's game in San Diego, the Pirates activated reliever Chad Qualls from the bereavement list and recalled reliever Daniel McCutchen from Triple-A Indianapolis, making room for each player by sending relief pitchers Kyle McPherson and Justin Wilson back to the Minors. On Tuesday, Qualls surrendered a run in the eighth inning, and McCutchen entered in the 10th inning, during which he issued a leadoff walk before Chase Headley hit a towering walk-off shot off him to end the game. In his first appearance for Double-A Altoona, Jameson Taillon on Tuesday worked five scoreless innings and struck out six batters. He allowed four hits with no walks while throwing 67 pitches, 46 of which were strikes. Taillon is ranked by MLB.com as the top prospect in the Pirates organization and fifth-best in all of baseball. Padres: Cabrera producing in leadoff role
Before Sunday, Everth Cabrera hadn't hit leadoff for the Padres all year. But that's where Black has placed him in the lineup over the last three days -- all Padres wins -- and Cabrera had delivered, batting .500 (8-for-16) with two stolen bases, two RBIs and a run scored. "It's more about the potential," Black said. "Based on the speed component, Cabbie has the potential to impact the opponent with his basestealing. Having that at the top of the order is advantageous for our club." Headley's walk-off home run in the 10th inning on Tuesday gave him nine homers and 26 RBIs in August. In five games against Pittsburgh this season, Headley has four homers and 11 RBIs. Worth noting
The Padres have won three straight, while the Pirates have dropped two in a row. San Diego is 17-3 against Pittsburgh over the teams' past 20 meetings.