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Rizzo, Bryant return to starting lineup vs. Reds

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Bryzzo is back.

After missing time in Milwaukee this week due to injury, Kris Bryant (side) and Anthony Rizzo (back) are back in the Cubs' starting lineup for Friday's series opener against the Reds.

Bryant is batting fifth and playing center field. Rizzo will man first base and bat cleanup.

Patrick Wisdom, who left Wednesday's game after a scary collision, also is in the lineup, batting sixth and playing third base.

It's obviously all good news for the Cubs, who are riding a six-game losing streak into Cincinnati. They're coming off a sweep to the Brewers in which Rizzo didn't play a single game due to back tightness.

Rizzo, who exited Sunday's game against the Dodgers early, also missed six games in late May due to the back.

Bryant was out of the lineup Tuesday and Wednesday with right side soreness. He banged his side diving in the outfield last weekend against the Dodgers and again while playing first base on Monday.

Wisdom exited Wednesday's game in the second inning after colliding with Milwaukee's Tyrone Taylor while playing first base. He did not sustain a concussion but left with a stiff neck and eye bruising. 

With the key trio in the lineup, the Cubs look to get back on track. They enter Friday a season-worst 6 1/2 games back of first in the NL Central.

 

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