Notebook: Bucs’ catcher Kendall happy to be back
• Former Pirates catcher Jason Kendall was diplomatic about making his first visit to PNC Park in a visiting uniform. “It’s good to be back,” said Kendall, who was not in the lineup Friday night for the Chicago Cubs. “I had a lot of good years here.” The franchise leader in games caught, Kendall was traded to the Oakland A’s after the 2004 season, then was dealt to the Cubs in July. Asked if he could play in the postseason for the second year in a row, Kendall said, “I think we’ve got a good shot. The hard part, though, is getting there.”
• Manager Jim Tracy said he is “not overly optimistic” left-hander Paul Maholm (sore lower back) will be able to make his scheduled start Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers. Maholm has not thrown off a mound since Aug. 28.
• If Maholm cannot go, the candidates to replace him are Shane Youman (3-5, 6.67 ERA), Bryan Bullington (0-1, 15.00) and John Van Benschoten (0-5, 10.86). Zach Duke will be activated this weekend, but will pitch out of the bullpen for a while.
• Xavier Nady was a late scratch from the starting lineup yesterday. Nady would have started for the first time since Monday, when he was beaned in the head.
79 – Wins by Jason Schmidt since being sent to San Francisco in Dave Littlefield’s first trade.
10 – Wins in four-plus years by Ryan Vogelsong, whom the Pirates acquired in the deal for Schmidt.