Cubs (80-50) vs. Pirates (57-73)
Center fielder Nate McLouth, who has missed his past five starts with a stomach virus, is back in the starting lineup for tonight’s 7:05 p.m. game against the first-place Cubs at PNC Park. Jeff Karstens (2-2, 2.25 ERA) will start for the Pirates, who have lost four in a row and eight out of their past 10 games. Left-handerTed Lilly (12-7, 4.25) will start for the Cubs, who have won 11 of their 15 games against the Pirates this season.
Cubs – Alfonso Soriano LF, Ryan Theriot SS, Derrek Lee 1B, Aramis Ramirez 3B, Jim Edmonds CF, Ed DeRosa 2B, Kosuke Fukodome RF, Geovany Soto C, LHP Ted Lilly Pirates — Nate McLouth CF, Freddy Sanchez 2B, Ryan Doumit C, Adam LaRoche 1B, Jason Michaels RF, Brandon Moss LF, Andy LaRoche 3B, Jack Wilson SS, RHP Jeff Karstens.