Cubs lineup vs. Pirates, Bryant out


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Charles LeClaire - USA Today Sports
Charles LeClaire - USA Today Sports

The Chicago Cubs (32-33) will battle the Pittsburgh at 6:05 p.m. CDT on Friday night at PNC Park televised on WGN-TV.

Eddie Butler will take the mound for the defending World Champions as they try to find a way a game on the road. In 2017 through seven starts, Butler has a 4-3 record with 4.03 ERA with 21 strikeouts.

One lineup note is that first baseman Anthony Rizzo will leadoff again after being a spark plug for the last two games drilling home runs in each game.

His partner in crime Kris Bryant will get a day-off for the Cubs.

The Cubs are currently in second place in the National League Central (2.5 GB) behind the Brewers.

Cubs lineup vs. Pirates

1. Anthony Rizzo 1B
2. Ian Happ 2B
3. Kyle Schwarber LF
4. Addison Russell SS
5. Jason Heyward RF
6. Willson Contreras C
7. Tommy La Stella 3B
8. Eddie Butler P
9. Albert Almora Jr. CF

Pirates lineup vs. Cubs

1. Frazier LF
2. Harrison 2B
3. Polanco RF
4. Freese 3B
5. Bell 1B
6. McCutchen CF
7. Cervelli C
8. Mercer SS
9. Williams P


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Tags: Kyle Schwarber, Tommy La Stella, Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell, Jason Heyward, Albert Almora Jr, Willson Contreras, Eddie Butler, Ian Happ
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