Maholm eager for first start against Bucs

Maholm eager for first start against Bucs

HOUSTON -- Paul Maholm will likely be looking for his favorite pregame eating place, Moe's, for a burrito on Saturday.

It will be the Cubs left-hander's first start against his former team, the Pirates. He grew up with the team after being selected in the first round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft. Saturday also is fireworks night at PNC Park, too, so Maholm is expecting a big crowd.

"The fireworks are for me, obviously," Maholm said.

He's kidding. But Maholm is looking forward to seeing friends and former teammates.

"Obviously, playing with most of the guys, they haven't faced me and I'll try to take advantage of that, and hopefully we're on a winning streak and we can turn this thing around," Maholm said.

His favorite time in Pittsburgh? It was last July when the Pirates were in first place in the National League Central.

"That stretch just shows the fans are there and waiting on a winner," Maholm said. "I'm happy here [with the Cubs] and looking forward to beating them this weekend."