Pirates right-hander Jeff Karstens (2-5, 4.46 ERA), who has lost his past five decisions, will meet Derek Lowe (13-11. 3.48 ERA) at 7:05 p.m. at PNC Park in the second game of the three-game series with the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers. Adam LaRoche, who is 1 for 11 lifetime against Lowe (the one hit was a home run) will get the day off. Doug Mientkiewicz will start at first. Jack Wilson (finger) is back in uniform and could begin hitting soon. Luis Cruz, hitting .294, will make his seventh consecutive start at shortstop.
Dodgers – Russell Martin C, Andre Ethier RF, Manny Ramirez LF, James Loney 1B, Casey Blake 3B, Blake DeWitt 2B, Juan Pierre CF, Angel Berroa SS, Derek Lowe RHP.
Pirates – Nyjer Morgan LF, Freddy Sanchez 2B, Nate McLouth CF, Ryan Doumit C, Brandon Moss RF, Doug Mientkiewicz 1B, Andy LaRoche 3B, Luis Cruz SS, Jeff Karstens RHP.