Diamondbacks Vs. Pirates Lineups: Michael McKenry, Jordy Mercer Start

Here are the lineups for Thursday's 4:05 p.m. contest between the Pirates and Diamondbacks:

Willie Bloomquist SS
Aaron Hill 2B
Jason Kubel LF
Paul Goldschmidt 1B
Justin Upton RF
Chris Johnson 3B
Chris Young CF
Wil Nieves C
Joe Saunders P

Starling Marte LF
Josh Harrison 3B
Andrew McCutchen CF
Gaby Sanchez 1B
Neil Walker 2B
Michael McKenry C
Travis Snider RF
Jordy Mercer SS
Wandy Rodriguez P

The Pirates are sending out a very new-looking lineup, featuring new trade acquisitions Gaby Sanchez (who typically will start against lefties like Saunders) and Travis Snider, along with rookies Starling Marte and Jordy Mercer. Pirates fans will likely be happy to see Mercer (who hit his first big-league homer Wednesday) and the hot-hitting Michael McKenry in place of Clint Barmes and Rod Barajas, respectively. Also, Josh Harrison starts in place of Pedro Alvarez at third base, presumably because of the lefty on the hill.

For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout. For more on the Diamondbacks, there's AZ Snake Pit.

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