Chicago Cubs lineup vs. Pirates: Willson Contreras out, Garcia at 2B


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Patrick Gorski - USA Today Sports
Patrick Gorski - USA Today Sports

The Chicago Cubs (47-43) will battle the Pittsburgh Pirates (44-45) at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL on Friday at 1:10 p.m. CDT.

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

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Lineup notes: Backup catcher Victor Caratini will once again catch for Yu Darvish and rookie Robel Garcia gets another start at second base. The Cubs will have plenty of late pinch-hit options with Contreras, David Bote, and Addison Russell on the bench.

According to Cubs notes, the Cubs are 12-7 in the last 19 home games since May 25.

Cubs lineup:

Kyle Schwarber LF

Javier Baez SS

Kris Bryant 3B

Anthony Rizzo 1B

Victor Caratini C

Jason Heyward RF

Robel Garcia 2B

Albert Almora Jr. CF

Yu Darvish P

Pitching matchup: The Cubs will have Yu Darvish (2-4, 5.01 ERA) on the mound against veteran righty Chris Archer (3-6, 5.49 ERA). Darvish is 0-6 with a 5.91 ERA in 13 career starts at Wrigley Field.

Upcoming pitching matchups:

Saturday: Lester (8-6, 3.72) vs. Lyles (5-5, 4.36)

Sunday: Quintana (6-7, 4.19) vs. Williams (3-2, 4.54)

Pre-game KB interviews:

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