Pregame: 161 down, 1 to go


MILWAUKEE — Only 190 days until Opening Day 2012 at PNC Park.

»»» Alex Presley is not in the lineup tonight due to a sore lower back, which locked up on him in the first inning yesterday when he slid into second on a force play. “I could barely make it off the field,” Presley said. “I got some treatment on it, loosened it up, and was able to stay in the game. But it hurts again today.”

»»» The Pirates must win tonight to avoid 90 losses for the first time since 2004. They are 72-89, a 15-win improvement over last season. That’s their biggest single-year jump forward since they gained 21 victories from 1989 to 1990.

»»» The Brewers already have clinched the division, but still have plenty of incentive to do well tonight. They’re fighting for home-field edge in the first round of the playoffs. Also, Ryan Braun, who’s hitting .335, could win the NL batting title if he goes 3 for 4 in tonight’s game. He trails Jose Reyes, who singled in the first inning this afternoon to raise his average to .337, then asked to be taken out of the game.

Game 162: Pirates @ Brewers, 8:10 p.m. ET

Pirates (72-89) – 1. Xavier Paul lf, 2. Neil Walker 2b, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Derrek Lee 1b, 5. Garrett Jones rf, 6. Jason Jaramillo c, 7. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 8. Ronny Cedeno ss, 9. Jeff Locke lhp (0-2, 4.97)

Brewers (95-66) – 1. Corey Hart rf, 2. Jerry Hairston cf, 3. Ryan Braun lf, 4. Prince Fielder 1b, 5. Rickie Weeks 2b, 6. Yuniesky Betancourt ss, 7. Jonathan Lucroy c, 8. Carlos Gomez cf, 9. Zach Greinke rhp (15-6, 3.86)