Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: The Curve were off Monday, their third consecutive Monday off day this month. The team will not have another day off the rest of the season, playing 14 straight days.

SAFE AT FIRST: The Curve head to Akron for a three-game series starting tonight at 7:05. LHP Jhonathan Ramos (4-5, 3.99) will start for Altoona against RubberDucks RHP Will Roberts (12-11, 3.97).

STEALING SECOND: Former Curve 1B Matt Hague was claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays on Monday and assigned to Triple-A Buffalo. Hague was a vital member of the Curve’s 2010 EL championship team, but despite playing well in Triple-A, he was never given much of a chance with the Pirates. The Bucs designated him for assignment last week because they needed a spot on the 40-man roster, and Toronto picked him up.

ROUNDING THIRD: Curve RHP Jeff Inman was in Pittsburgh on Monday throwing batting practice to Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen. The star outfielder needed to face some live pitching as he’s getting ready to come off the DL, so Inman was summoned to Pittsburgh and threw McCutchen about 20 pitches.

HEADING HOME: Pirates prospect RHP Michael Clemens was suspended 68 games Monday for failing baseball’s drug test. Clemens, who was pitching for rookie-level Bristol in the Appalachian League, tested positive for human growth hormone.

– Cory Giger