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Cubs lineup vs. Braves, Jason Heyward sits


by - Senior Editor -

The Chicago Cubs (1-4) will battle the Atlanta Braves (2-3) on Thursday night at 6:20 p.m. CDT at SunTrust Park in Atlanta, Georgia.

How to watch: The game will be televised on MLB.TV, NBC Sports Chicago, and the MLB Network (out of market only).

Feel free to come back to CubsHQ.com before and during the game as we will have a live game thread covering the game with one of our writers.

Lineup observations: Jason Heyward sits while Mark Zagunis will play in right field. Kyle Schwarber finally gets a shot against a lefty starter today.

David Bote gets the start at second base while Ben Zobrist and Daniel Descalso will be available off the bench. Cubs manager Joe Maddon is batting the pitcher again in the eighth spot.

Cubs lineup vs. Braves

Albert Almora Jr. CF

Kris Bryant 3B

Anthony Rizzo 1B

Javier Baez SS

Willson Contreras C

David Bote 2B

Kyle Schwarber LF

Yu Darvish P

Mark Zagunis RF

Yu Darvish (0-0, 10.13 ERA) will be on the mound for the Cubs against lefty Max Fried (0-0, 0.00 ERA). In Darvish's first start of the season, he only lasted 2 2/3 innings while walking a career-high seven batters.

Fried usually doesn't go very long so look for this to be a bullpen day for the Braves.

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