can't the Pirates stay for a few more games?
If the Astros could just keep playing the Pirates at home, Craig Biggio will have 3000 hits wrapped up by mid-June and be able to concentrated on the far more important all time career record for being hit by pitches. Biggio batted 0.769 with and slugged 1.462 in the just completed 3 game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates, but today the Los Angeles Dodgers will begin their visit with Derek Lowe on the mound. Lowe has hit 56 batters in 1336 career innings pitched, but has never hit Craig Biggio with a pitch.
Steve Reed and Pedro Astacio are the only pitchers who have plunked Biggio on April 24th. Reed threw plunk 243 in 2004, and Astacio threw plunk 218 in 2003.