At Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.:
its Morton v Willis
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Charlie Morton will have the opportunity to earn his first win since June 15 when he goes to work Monday for the Pirates in the series opener.
The right-hander (7-5, 3.80 ERA) endured a difficult month of June that prompted Hurdle to skip one of Morton's starts at the end of the month. The hurler went through a stretch from May 7-June 4 in which he did not allow more than two earned runs in an outing, but has since allowed three or more in four of his past five appearances.
Morton has also struggled at home this year, going 2-4 with a 4.70 ERA in eight starts, compared to 5-1 with a 3.00 ERA in eight starts on the road.
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Scott Rolen is getting a second consecutive day of rest (shoulder/general soreness). Manager Dusty Baker said Rolen also did not get much rest over the All-Star break, since Rolen played in the game. Thus, another day off.
Rolen will return to the lineup Tuesday, Baker said.
Also, Chris Heisey would have started in left tonight but the Pirates flipped pitchers, with Morton going instead of McDonald. Baker thus went with Lewis in left and said Heisey will start Tuesday.