Live Discussion: Pirates 2, Cubs 1

PITTSBURGH — After two games down, Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco will be making his return to the starting lineup on Wednesday, and he’ll do it facing a familiar foe.

Polanco has 26 career plate appearance against Kyle Hendricks, the Chicago Cubs’ starting pitcher on Wednesday, and he’s hit .400/.423/.720 against him in his career. Polanco’s ten hits are the second-most he’s had against any one pitcher in his career.

So it figures to be as soft as possible of a landing for the slumping Polanco, who was given back-to-back days off on Monday and Tuesday after posting a .205/.317/.415 line over the first 52 games of the season.

“We’ll see if he can put a foot down here and get some good at-bats, some competitive at-bats out there again,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.

With the time off, Hurdle said he encouraged Polanco to get away from the game a bit, as opposed to pouring himself into his work.

“I just told him to unplug,” Hurdle said. “He knows how to swing. There’s video you can watch to go back and re-visit swing paths. He’s in tune with what he needs to do and he’s aware of the challenges that he’s gone through.”

AROUND THE HORN

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CUBS LINEUP

CONDITIONS

A shower passed through and wiped-out any on-field pregame work, but the tarp is off the field and there’s some blue peaking through the clouds. It looks like we should be good for an on-time start. Weather.com keeps the odds of precipitation at or below 25 percent until 10 p.m., with a greater chance later in the evening. Game-time temperature is expected to be 80 degrees. Winds are blowing briskly at 12 MPH in from left-center field.

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