Joey Butler is starting tonight as the designated hitter with the Pirates starting left-hander Francisco Liriano. Lance Berkman said he's ready to play, but remains on the bench for a sixth straight game. There are concerns about his ability to bat from the right side.
Jurickson Profar, who has also been used as a DH lately, has also struggled against left-handed pitching.
Texas vs. LHP Francisco Liriano -- 1. Ian Kinsler, 2b; 2. Elvis Andrus, ss; 3. Alex Rios, rf; 4. Adrian Beltre, 3b; 5. A.J. Pierzynski, c; 6. Jeff Baker, 1b; 7. Joey Butler, dh; 8. Craig Gentry, lf; 9. Leonys Martin, cf.
Pittsburgh vs. LHP Martin Perez -- 1. Josh Harrison, 2b; 2. Jordy Mercer, ss; 3. Andrew McCutchen, cf; 4. Marlon Byrd, rf; 5. Gaby Sanchez, 1b; 6. Russell Martin, dh; 7. Pedro Alvarez, 3b; 8. Jose Tabata, lf; 9. Tony Sanchez, c.