OF Starling Marte (strained oblique) will play his first rehab game tonight with short-season A State College. Wednesday, Marte will transfer to Triple-A Indy to continue his rehab stint.
»»» Pedro Alvarez was named NL player of the week for the second time in his career. In six games last week, Alvarez hit four home runs and batted .458 (11 for 24). His 1.042 slugging percentage last week was tops in the league.
»»» The Pirates signed INF Jordan Steranka, their 21st-round draft pick this year. Steranka, a Mt. Lebanon High grad, was a .337 career hitter at Penn State, where he ranks second in school histiory with 292 hits over four seasons. Last season, he led the Nittany Lions in batting average, doubles, slugging percentage and total bases.
Game 135: Astros @ Pirates, 7:05 p.m. ET
Astros (42-93): 1. Jose Altuve 2b, 2. Tyler Greene ss, 3 Brett Wallace 1b, 4. Justin Maxwell cf, 5., Jason Castro c, 6. Matt Downs rf, 7. Jimmy Paredes lf, 8. Brandon Laird 3b, 9. Jordan Lyles rhp (3-10, 5.46)
Pirates (70-64): 1. Brock Holt 2b, 2. Travis Snider rf, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Garrett Jones rf, 5. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 6. Michael McKenry c, 7. Alex Presley lf, 8. Clint Barmes ss, 9. Wandy Rodriguez lhp (9-13, 3.86)