Pirates beat reporter Rob Biertempfel's inside look at Thursday's game:
• Per Elias, OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis is the first player in Mets history to get doubles in four consecutive at-bats — but it was even more difficult than it sounds. Nieuwenhuis doubled against the Marlins April 25 in his final at-bat before being sent to Triple-A. He was recalled Friday and got a pinch-hit double. Monday, Nieuwenhuis started and doubled in his first two at-bats. The first and last hits of the set were almost two months apart and all four came against the Marlins.
• Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez snapped a streak of 54 plate appearances without an RBI when he hit a three-run homer Monday vs. the Rays. It was his longest drought since 2012 and four PAs shy of his career worst (58 in 2011).
Rays LHP David Price sure would look good fronting the Pirates' rotation, and the team has the kind of propects it would take to get him in a trade. The Pirates thought about Price last winter but decided his salary — he's making $14 million this season and could make up to $20 million next year via arbitration — is too steep.
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