Pirates vs. Marlins, pre-game


Paul Maholm (2-0), who ranks second in the National League with an 0.87 ERA, faces Ricky Nolasco (1-1, 6.60 ERA) as the Pirates try to sweep Florida at 12:35 p.m. today at PNC Park before heading away to a six-game road trip in San Diego and Milwaukee.

The weather is overcast and chilly — game-time temperature will be about 44 — but there are dozens of school buses outside, so the attendance won’t be too bad for a Wednesday matinee.

Former Pirates catcher Ronny Paulino will make his first start of the series, filling in for John Baker. Paulino, who is batting .333 in his first season with the Marlins, walked as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning last night and was greeted with a chilly reception.

Here are the starting lineups:

Marlins – 1. Emilio Bonifaco 3b, 2. Jeremy Hermida lf, 3. Hanley

Ramirez ss, 4. Wes Helms, 1b, 5. Dan Uggla 2b, 6. Ronny Paulino c, 7. Cody Ross rf, 8. Cameron Maybin cf, 9. Ricky Nolasco (1-1, 6.60 ERA)

Pirates – 1. Nyjer Morgan lf, 2. Freddy Sanchez 2b, 3. Nate McLouth cf, 4, Adam LaRoche 1b, 5. Brandon Moss lf, 6. Andy LaRoche 3b, 7. Jack Wilson ss, 8. Jason Jaramillo c, 9. Paul Maholm (2-0, 0.87 ERA)