Derrek Lee batting cleanup and facing Cubs in Braves debut

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Derrek Lee will make his Braves debut later this afternoon at Wrigley Field against his former Cubs teammates. He’s also batting cleanup, which is somewhat unexpected for a guy with a .416 slugging percentage.
Of course, Lee hit .304/.358/.528 with six homers and 10 doubles in the 30 games preceding his trade to Atlanta and has a long track record of similarly strong production. However, he batted fourth just 90 times over seven seasons in Chicago, hitting cleanup in only 9.9 percent of his Cubs starts.
Brian McCann has been the Braves’ primary cleanup hitter this season, started there 77 times in 121 games, but the man Lee is replacing at first base, Troy Glaus, also hit cleanup 35 times before losing his job and landing on the DL. McCann is hitting behind Lee in the fifth spot today.

Brewers-Pirates game postponed

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Wednesday night’s game at PNC Park between the Brewers and Pirates has been postponed, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. No makeup date has been announced yet. As Brink points out, the two clubs meet again in Pittsburgh September 21-23 and both have an off day on the 20th, so that could be a potential makeup date.

Brent Suter and Chad Kuhl were scheduled to square off on the mound. Their starts will likely be pushed back to Thursday. The Pirates will host the Diamondbacks and the Brewers will host the Cardinals.

The Cubs won on Wednesday afternoon, so the Brewers are tied with the Cubs for first place in the NL Central. The Pirates are seven games back in third place.