Enough of the NL Central already!


HOUSTON — This afternoon’s game against the Astros wraps up a stretch of 16 straight games against NL Central teams for the Pirates. So far, they’ve gone 1-14. Tomorrow, the Pirates will play the first of seven against NL West teams when they face Dodgers at Chavez Ravine. The Dodgers are the only NL team the Pirates have not yet faced this season.

Class A Lynchburg will play Wilmington tonight in the decisive fifth game of the Carolina League first-round playoff series.

Lineups for this afternoon’s game

PIRATES (54-85)

1. Andrew McCutchen cf

2. Andy Laroche 3b

3. Garrett Jones 1b

4. Ryan Doumit c

5. Brandon Moss rf

6. Lastings Milledge lf

7. Ronny Cedeno ss

8. Ramon Vazquez 2b

9. Paul Maholm (7-8, 4.72) lhp

ASTROS (69-72)

1. Michael Bourn cf

2. Kazuo Matsui 2b

3. Lance Berkman 1b

4. Carlos Lee lf

5. Miguel Tejada ss

6. Hunter Pence rf

7. Chris Johnson 3b

8. Humbeto Quintero c

9. Felipe Paulino (2-8, 6.34) rhp