Morning briefing: Game 7 @ Tigers


LAKELAND, Fla. — Charlie Morton is scheduled to pitch three innings today, depending upon his pitch count. … Josh Harrison has hit safely in all three of his games so far. … Chris McGuiness has gone 5 for 10 with a walk in five games. … Pedro Alvarez has five hits in his past nine at-bats.

Update 11:38 a.m. — Pirates just told us LHP Jeff Locke has tightness in his right side and will not make his scheduled start Wednesday. RHP Jay Jackson will start in Locke’s place against the Blue Jays in Dunedin. Fla.

Jim Leyland chats with Clint Hurdle during batting practice.
Jim Leyland chats with Clint Hurdle during batting practice.

Pirates (4-1-1) @ Tigers (4-2-1), 1:05 p.m., Joker Marchant Stadium
Webcast: Weather: Mostly sunny, 76 degrees
Pirates: 1. Jaff Decker RF, 2. Jose Tabata LF, 3. Gregory Polanco CF, 4. Pedro Alvarez 3B, 5. Brent Morel DH, 6. Chris McGuiness 1B, 7. Jordy Mercer SS, 8. Josh Harrison 2B, 9. Chris Stewart C. Charlie Morton RHP
Tigers: 1. Rajai Davis LF, 2. Steve Lombardozzi 3B, 3. Torii Hunter DH, 4. Miguel Cabrera 1B, 5. Austin Jackson CF, 6. Don Kelly RF, 7. Luis Exposito C, 8. Eugenio Suarez SS, 9. Hernan Perez 2B. Rick Porcello RHP
Today’s backups: Andrew Lambo, Robert Andino, Omir Santos, Carlos Paulino, Chase d’Arnaud, Michael Martinez, Elias Diaz, Jarek Cunningham, Blake Davis, Quincy Latimore, Taylor Lewis, Drew Maggi.
Today’s other pitchers: Scheduled: Yao-Hsun Yang, Brandon Cumpton, Cody Eppley, Vin Mazzaro and Josh Kinney. Minor leaguers: Brandon Mann, Seth McClung, Elvin Ramirez and Jhonathan Ramos.
Rob Biertempfel