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Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010

• Outfielder Brandon Moss told general manager Neal Huntington when he was designated for assignment during spring training that he hoped he cleared waivers and went to Triple-A Indianapolis. In the short term, it would have been great to be on a major league roster, but Moss knew that long-term it would be best to go down and work out his swing troubles. He ended up hitting .266 with a team-leading 32 doubles, 22 home runs and 96 RBI in 136 games with Indianapolis and was named team MVP. He came up as part of this week's promotions. "I'm excited," said Moss, who spent all of 2009 with the Pirates. "I didn't think I was going to have this opportunity and had pretty much resigned myself to the fact that I was going home. For some reason this season, the way I was playing in Triple-A, made me really see that I belong here and that I can be a really good major league baseball player. To have the opportunity to be here, when you didn't think you were going to have it, it just feels great."

• James McDonald called Tuesday's shutout performance against the Braves bigger than the six shutout innings he threw in his Pirates' debut because of the team momentum following Monday's 3-1 win. "(Brian) Burres pitched a good game, so I told myself I want to be better than him," McDonald said after outdueling Tim Hudson. "I wanted to keep it going. He's the one who started the momentum going and made me feel like he did it. I want to go out and do the same thing."

• According to Elias Sports Bureau, Tuesday night was only the third time in the last 30 seasons that a team that was at least 40 games under .500 shut out a team that was at least 20 games over .500. The Tampa Bay Rays did it against the New York Yankees in 2001, and the Pirates did it against the New York Mets in 1985.

• The Pirates are off today. They begin a three-game series at Cincinnati on Friday.

• The Pirates honored Braves manager Bobby Cox in a brief pre-game ceremony. Cox, in his 29th season as a manager and 25th as manager of the Braves, will retire at the end of the season. President Frank Coonelly and Russell presented Cox with a check for $5,000 for his favorite charity, The Homeless Pets Foundation.

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