The Pirates take on the Atlanta Braves tonight at 7:10. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN, but blacked out in all areas that recieve Root Sports PIT. The probables tonight are James McDonald (6-4, 4.15 ERA) against the Braves’ Tim Hudson (9-6, 3.39 ERA).

Ex-Pirates Eric Hinske, Nate McLouth and David Ross are all on the Braves right now. Hinske is currently 2 RBIs away from 500 career RBIs.

Since June 1, the Braves have gone 29-17 (.630), sporting the best record in the National League during that span.

Joe Beimel got the win for the Pirates in their 10-inning victory over the Cardinals at PNC Park on Sunday. It was his first win as a Pirate since May 2, 2003.

(Last two lines were blatantly stolen from’s gameday preview)

Here are the lineups from Dejan Kovacevic:

Xavier Paul, LF
Garrett Jones, RF
Neil Walker, 2B
Andrew McCutchen, CF
Pedro Alvarez, 3B
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Ronny Cedeno, SS
Mike McKenry, C
James McDonald, RHP

Martin Prado, LF
Jason Heyward, RF
Chipper Jones, 3B
Freddie Freeman, 1B
Dan Uggla, 2B
David Ross, C
Nate McLouth, CF
Alex Gonzalez, SS
Tim Hudson, RHP

The players to watch for this game are:

Pirates: Pedro Alvarez – He came off the DL today when Presley was placed on the 15-day DL with a left hand contusion, retroactive to July 23rd.

Braves: Chipper Jones – Recently came off the DL, only going through 2 rehab games going 1-for-3.


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