Cubs lineup vs. Pirates, Contreras sits

by - Senior Editor -
Mark J. Rebilas - USA Today Sports
Mark J. Rebilas - USA Today Sports

Thursday afternoon's batting lineup for the rubber match between the Chicago Cubs (6-5) vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates (8-3) at 1:20 p.m. CDT at Wrigley Field will be the following:

Ian Happ CF
Kris Bryant 3B
Ben Zobrist 1B
Kyle Schwarber LF
Addison Russell SS
Victor Caratini C
Javy Baez 2B
Jason Heyward RF
Kyle Hendricks P

Hendricks (0-0, 4.99 ERA) will be on the mound today opposed by righty Trevor Williams (2-0, 1.59 ERA). The 'Professor' has a career 19-9 record with a 2.48 ERA in 49 starts at Wrigley Field.

Standout catcher Willson Contreras gets his second day off after catching seven straight days as Victor Caratini gets the rare start at catcher. Another interesting lineup tidbit is Ian Happ inserted in the leadoff position again after his two-run pinch-hit homer last night.

The game will be televised on NBC Chicago, MLB Network (outside-the-Chicago area), and MLB.TV.

The Cubs starting pitchers for later in the week include Yu Darvish on Friday, Jose Quintana on Saturday, and Tyler Chatwood on Sunday.

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