Monroe, Bixler, Hinske get starts


Eric Hinske, making a homecoming to the state where he was a three-star athlete, will get his fourth consecutive start in right field, and Brian Bixler is back at shortstop as the Pirates meet the nemesis Brewers at 8:05 p.m. tonight at Miller Park in Milwaukee.

The retractable roof is cracked right now for a little fresh air, and the weather is overcast but dry.

Here are the starting lineups for tonight’s opener of a three-game series, as the Pirates try to win another series, this time against a team that beat them in 14 of 15 meetings last year.

Pirates – 1. Nyjer Morgan cf, 2. Freddy Sanchez 2b, 3. Craig Monroe lf, 4. Adam LaRoche 1b, 5. Eric Hinske rf, 6. Andy LaRoche 3b, 7. Jason Jaramillo c, 8. Brian Bixler ss, 9. rhp Jeff Karstens (1-0, 3.60)

Brewers – 1. Rickie Weeks 2b, 2. Corey Hart rf, 3. Ryan Braun lf, 4, Prince Fielder 1b, 5. Mike Cameron cf, 6. J.J. Hardy ss, 7. Bill Hall 3b, 8. Jason Kendall c, 9. rhp Braden Looper (2-0, 2.12)