Pregame: Hello, Cleveland!


CLEVELAND — Hello, Cleveland! Rock and roll! (If you’ve never seen “This is Spinal Tap,” then you won’t get the reference.)

»»» The Pirates are three games back of the Brewers. It’s the first time they’ve been so close to the top this late in the season since Sept. 9, 1997, when they were in second place with a 70-74 record, 2.5 games behind the Astros.

»»» Righty reliever Mike Crotta (elbow) was sent to Double-A Altoona to begin a rehab stint. … Another Curve-related note: outfielder Anthony Norman is 7 for 15 since being promoted from extended spring training. Norman, 26, was signed as a minor league free agent in January 2010.

»»» When they finish this three-game series against the Tribe, the Pirates will take chartered buses back to Pittsburgh.

Lineups for today’s game:
Pirates (35-33) — 1. Jose Tabata lf, 2. Xavier Paul rf, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Neil Walker 2b, 5. Garrett Jones dh, 6. Lyle Overbay 1b, 7. Josh Harrison 3b, 8. Mike McKenry c, 9. Ronny Cedeno ss. Kevin Correia rhp (8-5, 3.73)
Indians (36-31) — 1. Grady Sizemore cf, 2. Michael Brantley lf, 3. Asdrubal Cabrera ss, 4. Travis Hafner dh, 5. Shin-Soo Choo rf, 6. Carlos Santana c, 7. Matt LaPorta 1b, 8. Orlando Cabrera 2b, 9. Jack Hannahan 3b. Josh Tomlin rhp (7-4, 4.14)