CINCINNATI -- As waves of reporters passed in front of his locker Friday afternoon, Josh Harrison couldn't stop smiling. It was the contented smile of a young man who, theoretically, left the Queen City years ago to cut his baseball teeth and came home as a National League All-Star.
"It's always nice to come back home," said Harrison, who obviously makes frequent stops in the rival NL Central city. "But now, it's been amazing. I've had to clear my phone several times since last night, so many people were calling and texting me.
"Everybody's leaving the message, 'Hey, I'm coming to the game to see you. Look for me in the stands.'"
Harrison again started in absent Starling Marte's place in left field and batted second, meaning an early opportunity to take in the warm welcome he figured to be accorded by the hometown Great American Ball Park crowd.
"That's something to look forward to. But what I'm really looking forward to is us getting a win," Harrison said. Smiling, of course.
• Marte became eligible to return following Friday's game -- the third he has missed, the minimum, on the bereavement list -- but the club hadn't yet connected with him, and he is unlikely to be back from the Dominican until after the All-Star break.
• Vance Worley laughed off a remark made by Terry Ryan -- the Twins' general manager, who dealt him to the Pirates at the end of Spring Training -- to "see what he does over the course of starts. We'll talk about that in October."
"It just means I have to keep proving myself," said Worley, who has tendered four quality starts in his first five outings with the Bucs.
• Tony Sanchez, who had so many big hits as the Pirates' primary catcher earlier this season while Russell Martin sat out a month with a hamstring injury, endured a tough June in Indianapolis: Sanchez had five hits in his last 55 at-bats of the month and is hitting .203 overall with the Indians.
• Manager Clint Hurdle and staff have yet to hash out the starting rotation's look coming out of the All-Star break, but one certainty is that Gerrit Cole (sore lat), eligible to come off the DL on July 20, will not be part of it.
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77: Strikes, out of a total of 114 pitches, thrown by Edinson Volquez in his complete-game, six-hit, 9-1 win over St. Louis on Thursday -- his most in a game since delivering 82 strikes (out of 133 pitches) on July 5, 2012, for the Padres.
"My dad was a big Yankee fan. He wore me out. It was all about the Yankees, the history -- Ruth, DiMaggio, Mantle. My first team I was on, at the age of 6, we were the Yankees, and I had No. 3. I do think he had his hand involved in that somehow." -- Hurdle, reminiscing on the 100th anniversary of the Major League debut with the Red Sox of Babe Ruth -- who eventually gained immortality in uniform No. 3 for the Yankees.
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.