NLCS, Game 4: Cardinals-Dodgers lineups

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Lineups for Game 4 in Los Angeles …

Cardinals:
2B Matt Carpenter
RF Carlos Beltran
LF Matt Holliday
1B Matt Adams
C Yadier Molina
CF Jon Jay
3B David Freese
SS Daniel Descalso
SP Lance Lynn

So much for David Freese’s calf injury being a major issue. Not only aren’t the Cardinals going to replace him on the roster, he worked out before the game and feels good enough to be in the starting lineup. Daniel Descalso, who would have subbed for Freese at third base, is in the lineup at shortstop in place of Pete Kozma.

Dodgers:
LF Carl Crawford
2B Mark Ellis
SS Hanley Ramirez
1B Adrian Gonzalez
CF Andre Ethier
RF Yasiel Puig
3B Juan Uribe
C A.J. Ellis
SP Ricky Nolasco

And the Dodgers’ injured regulars are also in the lineup, as Andre Ethier will play through a leg injury and Hanley Ramirez will start despite a cracked rib. Don Mattingly decided to stick with Ricky Nolasco as the starting pitcher rather than bumping him again and turning to Zack Greinke on short rest.

Tigers sign Edwin Espinal to minor league deal

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Free agent first baseman Edwin Espinal has signed a minor league deal with the Tigers, the infielder announced Saturday. The move has yet to be confirmed by the team.

Espinal, 23, capped a seven-year run with the Pirates’ minor league affiliates in 2017. He split his season between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis, batting a cumulative .294/.327/.447 with 15 home runs and 31 doubles in 532 plate appearances. While he’s raked at nearly every level so far, he also profiles well on defense, and rounded off his 2017 performance with a perfect fielding percentage, 208 putouts and a Gold Glove award.

Espinal is untested at the major league level and it’s not yet clear if he’ll make the jump in 2018. He showed some positional versatility during his time in the minors, however, and could take reps at third base or DH if necessary. The Tigers are reportedly on the lookout for pitching depth and left-handed bats — two bills the right-handed Espinal doesn’t fit — and presumably have a lot of moves left to make this winter.