Andrew McCutchen knew it was a good sign when he woke up hungry Tuesday. The Pirates' center fielder had Sunday's game off followed by Monday's off-day to try to recover from the stomach flu, and he was back in the lineup for last night's series opener against the Washington Nationals.

"I'm starting to feel like my normal self, starting to feel good now," said McCutchen, who belted his first home run of the season during the fourth inning. "The past couple days I've been getting back to eating quite a bit, so I was happy about that. I was losing weight and just wasn't feeling as good because I wasn't getting the food I need. But now I'm getting my appetite back and able to eat."