Nelson Cruz “definitely” expects to play in Game 6 tomorrow

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Nelson Cruz left Wednesday’s game in the fifth inning with a hamstring injury, but told reporters this afternoon that he “definitely” expects to play in Game 6 of the ALCS tomorrow.

Hamstring problems are particularly worrisome for Cruz after they caused him to spend three different stints on the disabled list during the season, but according to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com “the hamstring doesn’t bother him when he walks around.”

Cruz missed 54 games this season, but ranked second on the Rangers in OPS behind only Josh Hamilton, was one of just seven AL hitters to post an OPS of at least .950 while appearing in 100 or more games, and is 14-for-37 (.378) with four homers and five doubles in the playoffs.

Dodgers announce World Series rotation order

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We know Clayton Kershaw will oppose Dallas Keuchel in Game 1 of the World Series. We now know the rest of the Dodgers’ rotation order, per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. After Kershaw, it’ll be Rich Hill, then Yu Darvish, followed by Alex Wood.

No surprise, that’s the same order the Dodgers used in the NLCS against the Cubs. Dodger starters combined to post a 2.67 ERA with 31 strikeouts and four walks across 27 innings in the NLCS.

The Astros haven’t yet announced their rotation order, but we can safely assume Justin Verlander will follow Keuchel in Game 2.