The Pirates will try to extend their winning streak to four games, which would equal their second-longest of the season, when they play the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers at 7:05 tonight at PNC Park in the opener of a four-game series.
Right-hander Ross Ohlendorf (0-1, 8.10 ERA) will make his third start since being recalled on Sept. 2. The Dodgers, who are 12-2 in their past 14 games, will start right-hander Hiroki Kuroda (8-10, 3.93 ERA).
Manny Ramirez, who is hitting .500 with two home runs and six RBI in three career games at PNC Park, will bat third for the Dodgers.
Dodgers – Russell Martin C, Juan Pierre CF, Manny Ramirez LF, James Loney 1B, Nomar Garciaparra 3B, Matt Kemp RF, Blake Dewitt 2B, Angel Berroa SS, Hiroki Kuroda, RHP.
Pirates — Nyjer Morgan LF, Freddy Sanchez 2B, Nate McLouth CF, Ryan Doumit C, Adam LaRoche 1B, Brandon Moss RF, Andy LaRoche 3B, Luis Cruz SS, Ross Ohlendorf.