World Series, Game 7: Giants vs. Royals lineups


Here are the lineups for Game 7 of the World Series, in Kansas City:

CF Gregor Blanco
2B Joe Panik
C Buster Posey
3B Pablo Sandoval
RF Hunter Pence
1B Brandon Belt
DH Michael Morse
SS Brandon Crawford
LF Juan Perez

SP Tim Hudson

Giants manager Bruce Bochy has finally seen enough of career first baseman Travis Ishikawa struggling defensively in left field, benching him in favor of Juan Perez even with a right-hander on the mound for the Royals. Michael Morse stays at designated hitter.

SS Alcides Escobar
RF Norichika Aoki
CF Lorenzo Cain
1B Eric Hosmer
DH Billy Butler
LF Alex Gordon
C Salvador Perez
3B Mike Moustakas
2B Omar Infante

SP Jeremy Guthrie

Ned Yost is sticking with the same lineup he used in Game 6, which featured only a slight change from his standard lineup in that he flip-flopped Mike Moustakas and Omar Infante.

Rangers release Bartolo Colon

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Veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon was released from his minor league deal with the Rangers on Saturday,’s TR Sullivan reports. Despite his strong showing in spring training, Colon wasn’t considered a lock to make the Opening Day rotation. This may not be the end of his time with the team, however — according to multiple reports, the Rangers have expressed their desire to restructure a minor league deal with the right-hander and could work out an arrangement to keep him on as bullpen and Triple-A depth this season.

Colon, 44, is preparing for his 21st year in the majors. He split his 2017 campaign with the Braves and Twins, posting a cumulative 7-14 record in 28 starts and finishing the season with a 6.48 ERA, 2.2 BB/9 and 5.6 SO/9 in 143 innings. While those numbers were some of the worst he’d seen since 2009, the veteran righty made a compelling case in camp this spring, holding batters to six earned runs, four home runs, two walks and 10 strikeouts in 18 innings.

The Rangers are expected to open the season with a rotation comprised of Cole Hamels, Doug Fister, Matt Moore, Mike Minor and Martin Perez. Perez is working his way back from an elbow injury in his non-throwing arm and is slated to miss his first start of the season, which would provide a brief window of opportunity for Colon when the Rangers hit the road in April.