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Gamethread: Pirates face Cubs in 4:05pm Labor Day start

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at San Diego Padres Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Having so many young whippersnappers in the lineup makes me think of the scene in Lord of the Rings where Bilbo can’t bring himself to give up the Ring.

(Pregame meeting at home plate.)

Ump: Clint, the lineup card is still in your pocket.

Hurdle: Ah, so it is. . . . And why shouldn’t it stay there?!


  1. Jon Jay, CF
  2. Kyle Schwarber, LF
  3. Kris Bryant, 3B
  4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  5. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  6. Alex Avila, C
  7. Jason Heyward, RF
  8. Javier Baez, SS
  9. Jake Arrieta, P


  1. Starling Marte, LF
  2. Max Moroff, 2B
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Josh Bell, 1B
  5. David Freese, 3B
  6. Jordan Luplow, RF
  7. Sean Rodriguez, SS
  8. Elias Diaz, C
  9. Chad Kuhl, P