By: Mike Vukovcan

Do you think the Pirates have made improvement from last year? How’s this for proof. At this time last year, the Pirates record was 23-36. Tonight, the Pirates look to even their record at 30-30.

Interesting pitching matchup as Paul Maholm takes on former Pirate Zach Duke.

Here’s the lineup that manager Clint Hurdle will use opposite Duke.

Jose Tabata, LF
Josh Harrison, 3B
Andrew McCutchen, CF
Neil Walker, 2B
Matt Diaz, RF
Chris Snyder, C
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Ronny Cedeno, SS
Paul Maholm, P