Next Five Games

June 13, 2008|By JEFF ZREBIEC


TODAY Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m., Ch. 13, MASN

Starters: Pirates' Phil Dumatrait (3-3, 3.44) vs. Orioles' Brian Burres (4-5, 4.96) TOMORROW Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m., Ch. 13, MASN

Starters: Pirates' Zach Duke (4-4, 4.10) vs. Orioles' Radhames Liz (1-0, 3.48) SUNDAY Pittsburgh, 1:35 p.m., Ch. 13, MASN

Starters: Pirates' Paul Maholm (4-5, 4.55) vs. Orioles' Daniel Cabrera (5-2, 4.35) TUESDAY Houston, 7:05 p.m., MASN

Starters: Astros' Brandon Backe (4-8, 5.00) vs. Orioles' Garrett Olson (5-2, 4.53) WEDNESDAY Houston, 7:05 p.m., MASN

Starters: Astros' Brian Moehler (3-3, 4.76) vs. Orioles' Jeremy Guthrie (3-7, 3.71)

Pirates update

The 1971 and 1979 World Series aside, the Orioles and Pirates have met in just one series in interleague play, with Pittsburgh taking two of three games at PNC Park in 2005. This year's Pirates have been up and down under first-year manager John Russell, but they have been playing good baseball recently. They've split four-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals and Arizona Diamondbacks, two of the best teams in the National League, and took two of three games from the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals. In the Nationals series, which ended with Pittsburgh's 7-5 victory yesterday, catcher Ryan Doumit went 9-for-11 with four home runs and seven RBIs. Former Orioles infielder Chris Gomez was 2-for-3 and is hitting .313 in 43 games. Pirates outfielder Nate McLouth, 26, is among the NL leaders in runs, doubles, total bases and extra-base hits. The Pirates, who entered yesterday with a 4.75 ERA, the worst in the NL, are 12-19 on the road this season.

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