Cubs lineup vs. Pirates, Russell returns

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Mark J. Rebilas - USA Today Sports
Mark J. Rebilas - USA Today Sports

The Chicago Cubs are only 0.5 games back of the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central race.

Saturday afternoon's batting lineup for the second game of the three-game series between the Cubs (36-24) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (31-32) at 1:20 p.m. CDT will be the following:

1. Kris Bryant 3B
2. Jason Heyward RF
3. Ben Zobrist 2B
4. Anthony Rizzo 1B
5. Willson Contreras C
6. Kyle Schwarber LF
7. Ian Happ CF
8. Addison Russell SS
9. Jon Lester P

Cubs will have the Lester on the mound (6-2, 2.44 ERA) against righty Nick Kingham (2-2, 4.03 ERA).

Addison Russell returns to the starting lineup for the first time since Jun 3 after injuring his middle finger during an at-bat. Javy Baez gets the day off since he has been covering for Russell while he has been out.

Kris Bryant gets his second straight start at leadoff since he went 3-for-4 in his first attempt on Friday.

The Cubs will try to go for five straight wins and it will be televised on ABC 7 Chicago and MLB.TV.



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