The Pittsburgh Pirates (1-2) are taking on the Milwaukee Brewers (1-2) in the home opener at PNC Park. It’s game one of a three-game series, with Steven Brault making his season debut against right-handed pitcher Adrian Houser. Chad Kuhl is expected to follow Brault tonight.
Gregory Polanco returns tonight and is in the starting lineup (which is why I’m posting early). He took batting practice earlier today before the Pirates decided to activate him from the injured list. To make room on the roster, Jason Martin was assigned to the Altoona training site.
Here are the lineups for today:
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) July 27, 2020
#Brewers Lineup 07/27/20
1. Lorenzo Cain CF
2. Keston Hiura 2B
3. Christian Yelich LF
4. Ryan Braun DH
5. Jedd Gyorko 3B
6. Avisail Garcia RF
7. Justin Smoak 1B
8. Manny Pina C
9. Orlando Arcia SS
Starting Pitcher : Adrian Houser
— Daily MLB Lineups (@DailyMLBLineup) July 27, 2020
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