Apr 4: Pirates’ lineup status quo

The Pirates’ lineup for tonight should look pretty familiar:

  • Marte 7
  • Snider 9
  • McCutchen 8
  • Alvarez 5
  • Martin 2
  • Walker 4
  • Ishikawa 3
  • Mercer 6
  • Cole 1

It’s the same Clint Hurdle has used three of the first four games — and the only difference Thursday was Tony Sanchez catching and batting in the sixth hole (nudging Walker up to No. 5).

Why go status quo with a lineup that hasn’t produced? That is exactly the reason why — Hurdle is waiting for big producers like McCutchen (1-for-10) and Alvarez (1-for-15) to get going. Only way that will happen is if they keep playing.

Jeff Branson has been working with the guys to get them untracked.

Tonight, so will Shelby Miller: The Bucs beat up the Cards righty pretty well, last season: .319, with six homers in four meetings.

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