Nate McLouth, Brandon Moss and Adam LaRoche are out of the starting lineup against left-hander Wandy Rodriguez, and Andy LaRoche hitting .435 in his past 13 games is batting second for the first time this season, as the Pirates play the Astros at 7:05 p.m. at PNC Park in a Skyblast game.
Craig Monroe is hitting fourth and starting in left, Delwyn Young is starting in right field and Eric Hinske will man first for the Pirates. The Astros are using the same lineup as last night’s 6-1 win.
Here are the starting lineups
ASTROS – 1. Michael Bourn cf, 2. Miguel Tejada ss, 3. Lance Berkman 1b, 4. Carlos Lee lf, 5. Hunter Pence rf, 6. Ivan Rodriguez c, 7. Jeff Keppinger 3b, 8. Edwin Maysonet 2b, 1. lhp Wandy Rodriguez (5-3, 1.71 ERA)
PIRATES – 1. Nyjer Morgan cf, 2. Andy LaRoche 3b, 3. Freddy Sanchez 2b, 4. Craig Monroe lf, 5. Eric Hinske 1b, 6. Delwyn Young rf, 7. Robinzon Diaz c, 8. Jack Wilson ss, 9. rhp Jeff Karstens (1-2, 5.19)