Andrew McCutchen hit a career-high 23 home runs last season, but the Pirates weren't all that pleased that his sudden swinging for the fences cost him 27 points off his batting average, lowering it to .259.

So, it might have raised an eyebrow that McCutchen homered in his first at-bat of the 10-3 loss to the New York Yankees tonight at George M. Steinbrenner Field. It was his second home run in as many games.

"I'm not going for the fences," McCutchen said. "I'm looking for something over the late, trying to drive it to center field, staying within myself."