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Game Thread: A Test For Steven Brault

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Steven Brault could make a case for the fifth starter job today against an almost regular season worthy Yankees lineup.

New York will send out right-handed power hitters Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Andujar, Troy Tulowitzki, and the Pirates’ best hitter from last year, Ryan Lavarnway.

Brault had a strong spring debut on Feb. 23 against the Phillies, tossing two innings of one-hit ball, striking out a pair. 19 of his 23 pitches thrown were strikes.

First pitch is at 1:05 p.m..

Pirates Lineup:

SS Erik Gonzalez

3B Jung-Ho Kang

DH Corey Dickerson

RF Jose Osuna

LF Patrick Kivlehan

1B Will Craig

CF J.B. Shuck

C Steven Braon

2B Alfredo Reyes

Yankees Lineup:

CF Brett Gardner

RF Aaron Judge

LF Giancarlo Stanton

SS Troy Tulowitzki

3B Miguel Andujar

1B Greg Bird

C Kyle Higashioka

2B Tyler Wade

DH Ryan Lavarnway

SP J.A. Happ

Pirates Pitchers For Today:

Steven Brault

Brandon Waddell

Alex McRae

Elvis Escobar

Geoff Hartlieb