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Chicago Cubs put Jon Lester on wild-card roster as backup for Jake Arrieta

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta, right, stands in the outfield with Jon Lester, center, and David Ross on workout day, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, for Wednesday's National League Wild Card baseball game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta, right, stands in the outfield with Jon Lester, center, and David Ross on workout day, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, for Wednesday's National League Wild Card baseball game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH – The Chicago Cubs placed Jon Lester on their wild-card roster on Wednesday as insurance should they need it during the one-game playoff against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Cy Young Award candidate Jake Arrieta will start against the Pirates. Lester, who won a pair of World Series rings with the Boston Red Sox in 2007 and 2013, is on the roster in case Arrieta has a short start or the game extends into extra innings.

The Cubs placed 10 pitchers and 15 position players on their 25-man roster. The winner advances to the NL Division Series against St. Louis starting Friday.

Rosters can be reset for each postseason series.

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