Blue Jays’ Gurriel Jr. to start at LF, Tapia at CF vs Pirates


Outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. will start in left field Saturday night as the Toronto Blue Jays look for back-to-back road wins against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Gurriel was suffering from left wrist pain and was available on the bench, but did not play as the Blue Jays won Game 1 of the series 4-0 at PNC Park on Friday night.

The native of Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, is cutting .290/.341/.397 with five home runs and 51 RBIs this season.

Raimel Tapia will start in center field in place of George Springer, who will be Toronto’s designated hitter. Springer went 0 for 5 from the plate in Friday’s win.

Right-hander Trevor Richards will take the mound for the Blue Jays while the Pirates send in right-hander Johan Ovideo.

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