-- 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, Kevin Correia P.
-- The weather: According to the National Weather Service, Chicago should expect a high of 46 degrees with a 70% chance of precipitation. Oddly enough, that's just about Pittsburgh's forecast, too.
-- The game will be shown on Root Sports - today is when the new name for FSN Pittsburgh kicks in - at 2:20 PM.
-- The payroll: What would the season be without seeing how low the Bucs can go on salary? According to USA Today, the Pirates 29-man MLB lineup (25-man roster + DL) is $45,047,000, in the ball park with San Diego and higher than Tampa Bay and Kansas City's pay-outs.
That fits in with a couple of estimates that put the 40-man payroll at about $46M this season; it was $39M on opening day last year, according to Cot's Contracts.
-- The rotation: With J-Mac back in sorts, the Bucco rotation will be Correia, Paul Maholm, Ross Ohlendorf, Charlie Morton and James McDonald.
-- Non-tenders: The arb guys that the Bucs let go last year were Andy LaRoche, Lastings Milledge and Delwyn Young. LaRoche (Oakland) and Milledge (White Sox) made the roster as bench players; Young (Philadelphia) was the Phils' last cut, losing the utility spot to Peter Orr.