Pirates rookie Casey Sadler has no mixed feelings about the chance to make his first Major League start, opposite Milwaukee Opening Day pitcher Kyle Lohse, in the Sunday 1:10 p.m. CT finale of the teams' series.
Spot starters are usually called up to cover for an injury but Sadler steps in for Francisco Liriano, on paternity leave.
"Normally there's a different vibe when you come in. You're excited to be here but it stinks for the other guy," Sadler said. "But my congratulations to Francisco on the birth of his daughter, and I'm looking forward to it."
Lohse will be trying to bounce back from allowing Colorado eights runs and 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings in a 10-0 loss on April 6.
Things to know about this game
• This will not be the 24-year-old Sadler's big league debut. He made six relief appearances with the Pirates last season, but his last 69 Minor League appearances have been starts.
• During their 88-win, playoff season of 2014, the Pirates suffered more losses on Sunday (16) than on any other day of the week.
• Adam Lind figures to remain in the cleanup spot after continuing his hot start in that role on Saturday, after slow-starting Aramis Ramirez volunteered to give up that four hole. Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said Ramirez told him, "Move me wherever it's best. I don't care. I want to win. I want the best lineup out there." Roenicke called the gesture "nice, because it frees me up."