The Pittsburgh Pirates currently sit seven games over .500, and as a result, just one game behind of the Cincinnati Reds in the N.L. Central standings. One of the reasons is because of starting pitcher A.J. Burnett. The 6-foot-4 right-hander takes the hill on Tuesday, going for his ninth consecutive winning start. In 13 starts this season, Burnett has gone 9-2 and posted a 3.31 ERA. He'll be acing Houston's Lucas Harrell, who is 7-6 with a 4.33 ERA this season.
First pitch at PNC Park is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. EST and will be televised by ROOT Sports.
Here are Tuesday's starting lineups:
UPDATE by Charlie Wilmoth:
The Pirates have removed Pedro Alvarez from their lineup. There's no immediate word as to why, although Alvarez suffered from a leg cramp last weekend. Here's the new lineup.
Alex Presley LF
Drew Sutton RF
Andrew McCutchen CF
Garrett Jones 1B
Neil Walker 2B
Casey McGehee 3B
Rod Barajas C
Clint Barmes SS
A.J. Burnett P
Read more about the Pirates at Bucs Dugout and check out Crawfish Boxes for more on the Astros. Baseball Nation is your source for news and analysis around Major League Baseball. Also subscribe to the SB Nation Youtube channel for video commentary.