Pirates brace for Zambrano


Slumping Andy LaRoche is out of the lineup for tonight’s game against the Cubs, as the Pirates try to snap a five-game losing streak at 7:05 p.m. at PNC Park. Doug Mientkiewicz will start at third in place of LaRoche, who is hitless in his past 23 at-bats. Brandon Moss will make his first start in right field since his first day with the Pirates on Aug. 1. Right-hander Ian Snell (5-10, 5.60 ERA), coming off one of his best starts of the season, will start for the Pirates against Carlos Zambrano (13-5, 3.29 ERA).

Starting lineups

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, Carlos Zambrano RHP

Pirates – Nyjer Morgan LF, Nate McLouth CF, Ryan Doumit C, Adam LaRoche 1B, Brandon Moss RF, Doug Mientkiewicz 3B, Freddy Sanchez 2B, Jack Wilson SS, Ian Snell RHP

– John Grupp