Series Preview: The Dodgers

Current record: 64-50, 2nd place in NL Central, 4.5 games back

Up Next: Los Angeles Dodgers, 62-53, 2nd place in NL West, 1.0 game back

Season Series: 0-3

Notes: The Pirates have decided to move Kevin Correia back into the starting rotation and will go with six starters for now. Los Angeles is the only NL team that the Bucs have not beaten this season. The Dodgers are 2.5 games back of Pittsburgh for the second Wild Card spot. CF Matt Kemp missed about two months but is still hitting like an MVP since his return. 3B Hanley Ramirez, LF Shane Victorino, RP Brandon League and SP Joe Blanton were added as trade dealine reinforcements.

Familiar Faces: None

Probable Pitchers
Monday: RH Aaron Harang (7-7, 130.1 IP, 100 K, 3.80 ERA, 1.40 WHIP)
vs. RH Jeff Karstens (4-2, 62.0 IP, 46 K, 3.77 ERA, 1.21 WHIP)

Tuesday: RH Chad Billingsley (8-9, 131.1 IP, 118 K, 3.84 ERA, 1.32 WHIP)
vs. RH Kevin Correia (9-6, 116.1 IP, 57 K, 4.49 ERA, 1.32 WHIP)

Wednesday: LH Clayton Kershaw (10-6, 162.2 IP, 157 K, 2.88 ERA, 1.03 WHIP)
vs. LH Wandy Rodriguez (7-11, 149.2 IP, 100 K, 3.91 ERA, 1.29 WHIP)

Thursday: RH Joe Blanton (8-10, 144.1 IP, 123 K, 4.61 ERA, 1.20 WHIP)
vs. RH James McDonald (10-5, 141.0 IP, 126 K, 3.77 ERA, 1.21 WHIP)

Tonight’s Lineup
Starling Marte LF
Neil Walker 2B
Andrew McCutchen CF
Garrett Jones RF
Gaby Sanchez 1B
Pedro Alvarez 3B
Michael McKenry C
Clint Barmes SS
Jeff Karstens P

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