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Pregame: Alvarez rests quad

Pedro Alvarez tweaked his right quadriceps Sunday in the game against the Brewers and it’s continued to bother him the past few days. He is not in the lineup today. “Just taking precautionary measures,” Alvarez said.

Alvarez collected three RBI Wednesday, smacking a three-run homer off Bronson Arroyo. He played yesterday and went 0 for 2 with a pair of walks.

tigers»»» It’s interleague play. Yipee.

The Pirates were swept by the Tigers last year at Comerica Park. The Pirates won two of three in 2009 at PNC Park. Overall, the Tigers lead the interleague series, 14-10.

Four of five least-attended interleague games at PNC Park were against the Tigers. The smallest crowd was 11,760 for the Tigers-Bucs on June 30, 1998, followed by 12,479 to see Tigers-Bucs on June 5, 2000.

»»» The Pirates play 15 of their next 22 games at PNC Park. Only the Twins and Giants (15 apiece) have played fewer home games than the Pirates (18 entering tonight). Over the past 10 home games, Pirates pitchers have a 2.47 ERA and have held opponents to two earned runs or fewer seven times. Neil Walker has hit safely in nine of his past 10 games on the North Shore. Overall, Walker is batting .323 (20 for 62) in 17 games at PNC Park.

Lineups for tonight’s game:

Tigers (22-21) – 1. Austin Jackson cf, 2. Scott Sizemore 2b, 3. Brennan Boesch rf, 4. Miguel Cabrera 1b, 5. Victor Martinez c, 6. Andy Dirks lf, 7. Donny Kelly 3b, 8. Ramon Santiago ss, 9. Brad Penny rhp (4-3, 4.11)

Pirates (20-23) – 1. Andrew McCutchen cf, 2. Jose Tabata lf, 3. Garrett Jones rf, 4. Neil Walker 2b, 5. Lyle Overbay 1b, 6. Ryan Doumit c, 7. Brandon Wood 3b, 8. Ronny Cedeno ss, 9. Jeff Karstens rhp (2-2, 3.62)

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