NLCS Game 6 lineups: Cardinals vs. Giants

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Here are the lineups for Game 6 of the NLCS between the Cardinals and Giants in San Francisco:

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS           SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
1. Jon Jay, CF                1. Angel Pagan, CF
2. Carlos Beltran, RF         2. Marco Scutaro, 2B
3. Matt Holliday, LF          3. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
4. Allen Craig, 1B            4. Buster Posey, C
5. Yadier Molina, C           5. Hunter Pence, RF
6. David Freese, 3B           6. Brandon Belt, 1B
7. Daniel Descalso, 2B        7. Gregor Blanco, LF
8. Pete Kozma, SS             8. Brandon Crawford, SS
9. Chris Carpenter, RHP       9. Ryan Vogelsong, RHP

The Cardinals will feature their standard batting order with Beltran’s knee holding strong.

For the Giants, it’s the exact same lineup from Friday night’s Game 5 victory in St. Louis. They moved Pence out of the No. 5 spot in Game 4 but wound up losing and have decided against reverting back to that look.

This NLCS Game 6 will be broadcast on FOX. First pitch is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. ET.

Mike Moustakas sets Royals single-season record with 37th home run

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Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas belted his 37th home run on Wednesday evening, setting a new club record for homers in a single season. Moustakas had been tied with Steve Balboni, who hit 36 home runs in 1985.

The home run came on a 2-0, 82 MPH slider from Blue Jays reliever Carlos Ramirez, boosting the Royals’ lead to 13-0 in the top of the sixth inning.

Moustakas, 29, entered the night batting .271/.313/.523 with 82 RBI and 71 runs scored in 560 plate appearances.

Chris Sale records his 300th strikeout this season

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Red Sox starter Chris Sale recorded his 300th strikeout of the 2017 season on Wednesday night against the Orioles. The momentous occasion occurred with two outs in the eighth inning. Facing Ryan Flaherty, Sale threw a slider that caught the strike zone low and inside for called strike three.

Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strikeout 300-plus batters in a season in the last 15 years. Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson accomplished the feat in 2002, and Johnson also did it in 2001 and 2000. Pedro Martinez had been the only other Red Sox pitcher to have a 300-strikeout season.

Through eight scoreless innings, Sale limited the Orioles to four hits with no walks and 13 strikeouts. The Red Sox offense gave him plenty of run support. Mookie Betts and Devin Marrero each hit two-run home runs in the fourth. Hanley Ramirez added a two-run double in the sixth and Dustin Pedroia hit a two-run double of his own in the eighth to make it 8-0.