By: Mike Vukovcan

Pittsburgh (KDKA)- Now that Pirates GM Neal Huntington has provided manager Clint Hurdle with two new bats, how will he use them?

The Pirates open up a 4-game series vs. the Chicago tonight as Paul Maholm takes on Carlos Zambrano.

Newly acquired first baseman Derrek Lee and outfielder Ryan Ludwick are both expected to be in the starting lineup.

Where will Hurdle bat Lee and Ludwick in the lineup?

I’ll play manager and make out the lineup card for Hurdle.

My Lineup For Tonight:
Xavier Paul, RF
Neil Walker, 2B
Andrew McCutchen, CF
Derrek Lee, 1B
Pedro Alvarez, 3B
Ryan Ludwick, LF
Ronny Cedeno, SS
Michael McKenry, C
Paul Maholm, P

I decided to bat Walker second because I think he can get on base for the guys in the middle of the order. I wanted to split up the right-handed bats of Lee and Ludwick, so I put Alvarez in the 5th spot.

The Pirates also must decide who to remove from the 25-man roster in order to add Lee and Ludwick. There’s a chance Cedeno could be placed on the 15-day DL (knee). The other spot could come down to Lyle Overbay, Steve Pearce, Garrett Jones and Xavier Paul.

What would your starting lineup be tonight? Who would you remove from the 25-man roster?

Watch & Listen LIVE