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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.

Braves ink Blaine Boyer to a minor league deal

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 2:  Relief pitcher Blaine Boyer #48 of the Milwaukee Brewers delivers to home plate during the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on October 2, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.

Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.

Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.

Report: Rays nearing a deal with Shawn Tolleson

ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 18: Reliever Shawn Tolleson #37 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth inning at Busch Stadium on June 18, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.

Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.