6/14/2013 7:43 P.M. ET
Hurdle not matching wits with Mattingly in opener
By Tom Singer / MLB.com
PITTSBURGH -- Opposition players aren't the only ones scouted by Major League teams, who also compile "books" on managers.
Well, maybe not books, but "we have a page on managerial tendencies every time we play an opposing team," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.
For the second time in three games, however, Hurdle's page was of little use Friday night: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was serving a one-game suspension, with Trey Hillman, the former skipper of the Royals from 2008-10, taking his place. On Wednesday, Bruce Bochy was also sitting out due to a one-game suspension, and the Giants were managed by Ron Wotus.
"You can expect their teams to do the same things," Hurdle said, "but there's always the dynamic that a different guy might not want to play it the same way. Not because they intentionally try to manage the game differently, but they might not be as comfortable doing some of the same things as the manager."
What are some of those managerial tendencies on that "page"?
"What do they tend to do in the bottom of the order?" Hurdle said. "Do they scratch around with the hit-and-run? Squeeze? Delayed steal? What risks do they take in different running situations? Do they like bat-handlers to get people moving? With certain managers, you do have a heightened awareness of what they'll do."
• The Pirates on Friday announced the signing of five more selections from last week's First-Year Player Draft, including second-round pick Blake Taylor, the left-hander from California's Dana Hills High School.
Also coming to terms were fifth-round infielder Trae Arbet, right-hander Shane Carle (10th round), infielder Danny Collins (13th) and catcher Max Rossiter (15th). The latest signings bring the total to 15.
• Andrew McCutchen (15) and Starling Marte (20) are the only set of teammates in the Majors with 15-plus steals each. McCutchen has a month remaining to turn the tandem into the first Pittsburgh pair with 20-plus steals prior to the All-Star break since 1987, when Andy Van Slyke led with 21 and Barry Bonds had 20.
First number, last word
246: Number of blown saves in the Major Leagues, entering Friday's games. The Pirates' Jason Grilli had zero.
"If you throw strikes and get outs, you have an opportunity to work in the express lane in the Minor League system."
-- Hurdle, on Brandon Cumpton, who a year ago was pitching in Double-A Altoona and on Saturday will make his big league debut.
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.