Thursday, April 6 7:10 PM ET
PIT Ian Snell, RHP (0-0, -.--)
CIN Brandon Claussen, LHP (0-0, -.--)
Snell (1-2, 5.14 ERA in 2005) posted a 58-20 record in the Minor Leagues and will look to make the most of his first opportunity to start regularly in the big leagues. The right-hander has gone 1-3 with a 7.45 ERA in six starts with the Pirates. In his only career outing against the Brewers, Snell was charged with five runs in one inning.
Last season was Claussen's (10-11, 4.21 ERA in 2005) first full year in the Cincinnati rotation. He established career highs in every statisical category and was the staff's second-most consistent starter behind Aaron Harang. The lefty was 2-0 with a 1.74 ERA in three games against the Pirates in 2005.