Brandon Inge has struggled through more than 100 Pirates plate appearances. How many more will he get? (Photo Credit: David Hague)

The Pirates look to snap a three-game losing streak and avoid a third straight series loss Tuesday night as they face the Oakland Athletics. Manager Clint Hurdle appears to be fielding his optimal lineup as second baseman Neil Walker was placed on the disabled list right before the game.

Brandon Inge is not in the starting lineup after starting two straight games at second base. The veteran infielder has the Major League's 357th-ranked OPS out of 359 eligible hitters and a -0.4 wins above replacement this season. Inge is praised around baseball for his leadership and being a good teammate, but the Pirates may have to look for those qualities elsewhere.

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