Sunday, April 01, 2007

Opening Night: Pirates vs. Astros 7:05pm

The Pirates open their 2007 Season in Houston on Monday night. First pitch is set for 7:05pm with Zach Duke set to go against Roy Oswalt. The game will be televised on FSN-Pittsburgh.

Here is the Pirates projected opening day lineup:

CF Chris Duffy
SS Jack Wilson
LF Jason Bay
1B Adam LaRoche
RF Xavier Nady
C Ronny Paulino
3B Jose Bautista
2B Jose Castillo
SP Zach Duke

2006 Season of Roy Oswalt: 15-8, 2.98. 220.2 IP, 166 K

Here is the projected opening day lineup for the Astros:

2B Craig Biggio
CF Chris Burke
1B Lance Berkman
LF Carlos Lee
3B Morgan Ensberg
RF Luke Scott
SS Adam Everett
C Brad Ausmus
P Roy Oswalt

2006 Season of Zach Duke: 10-15, 4.47. 215.1 IP, 117 K.

Astros Notes:
-Luke Scott will start for the Astros on an everyday basis, with Jason Lane getting some time

-Carlos Lee leads the Astros Offense this season, an offense looking to improve on sub-par numbers in 2006

-This will be Roy Oswalt's fifth straight opening day start, putting him into a tie for first place all time in Astros History

-Eric Bruntlett missed the final cut, while Rick White made the bullpen
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