The Pirates will open against the Colorado Rockies today at 1:35 PM when Paul Maholm takes on Esmil Rogers. The game will be televised on Root Sports, and the gates open at 11:30.
The lineup: Jose Tabata LF, Neil Walker 2B, Andrew McCutchen CF, Lyle Overbay 1B, Pedro Alvarez 3B, Ryan Doumit C, Garrett Jones RF, Ronny Cedeno SS, Paul Maholm P.
The Rox have been pretty hot, too, and bring a 3-1 slate to Pittsburgh (which is 4-2) along with old manager Jim Tracy. Colorado, of course, is Hurdle's former club, so there should be all kind of sidebar stories about those past relationships.
Indy and Altoona are opening their seasons today; Brian Burres will go for the Tribe and Bryan Morris for the Curve.