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Game Thread: Gregory Polanco returns to field as Pirates face A's

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Gregory Polanco is making his first appearance in the field since his recent bout of discomfort, playing right field and batting second in the Pirates' series opener against the pretty meh Oakland A's. He pinch hit twice over the weekend and served as the designated hitter for both games in Seattle. Here are the full lineups:

Pirates

John Jaso, 1B

Gregory Polanco, RF

Andrew McCutchen, CF

Starling Marte, LF

David Freese, 3B

Matt Joyce, DH

Josh Harrison, 2B

Jordy Mercer, SS

Chris Stewart, C

(Jeff Locke, P)

...

Athletics

Jed Lowrie, 2B

Marcus Semien, SS

Josh Reddick, RF

Danny Valencia, 3B

Khris Davis, LF

Billy Butler, DH

Jake Smolinski, CF

Josh Phegley, C

Yonder Alonso, 1B

(Sonny Gray, P)