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Corey Seager bats sixth for the Dodgers, Brian McCann is behind the plate for Houston

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The lineups for tonight’s Game 1 have been announced. There’s nothing terribly surprising here.

Corey Seager is back in the Dodgers lineup for the first time since the NLDS. He’ll hit sixth despite the fact he was the primary No. 2 hitter during the regular season and the NLDS. Dave Roberts is clearly going with an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach, content with the top of the order which scored a lot of runs against the Cubs. The only other wrinkle: Enrique Hernandez will move up to hit fifth against lefty Dallas Keuchel following his three-homer Game 5 versus the Cubs.

For Houston, the big decision is which of Evan Gattis or Brian McCann will be left out of the lineup given the absence of the DH in the National League park. The answer is that Gattis will ride the pine — along with frequent DH Carlos Beltran — while Brian McCann gets the call behind the plate. He’ll bat sixth.

Here are the full lineups:

Houston

1. George Springer (R) CF
2. Alex Bregman (R) 3B
3. Jose Altuve (R) 2B
4. Carlos Correa (R) SS
5. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B
6. Brian McCann (L) C
7. Marwin Gonzalez (S) LF
8. Josh Reddick (L) RF
9. Dallas Keuchel (L) P

Los Angeles

1. Chris Taylor (R) CF
2. Justin Turner (R) 3B
3. Cody Bellinger (L) 1B
4. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
5. Enrique Hernandez (R) LF
6. Corey Seager (L) SS
7. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B
8. Austin Barnes (R) C
9. Clayton Kershaw (L) P

 

Report: Diamondbacks acquire Steven Souza from Rays; Yankees land Brandon Drury

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Update (6:35 PM ET): This is a three-team deal also involving the Diamondbacks, per Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. The Diamondbacks will receive outfielder Steven Souza from the Rays and second baseman Brandon Drury will head to the Yankees. Lefty reliever Anthony Banda will go to the Rays, Piecoro adds. The Diamondbacks will also receive prospect Taylor Widener from the Yankees, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post. MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert adds that the Rays will get two players to be named later from the D-Backs.

Souza, 28, is earning $3.55 million in his first of three years of arbitration eligibility, so the Rays are presumably saving money in moving him. Last season, Souza hit a productive .239/.351/.459 with 30 home runs, 78 RBI, 78 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases in 617 plate appearances. Souza’s arrival almost certainly pushes Yasmany Tomas out of a starting gig.

Drury, 25, has played a handful of positions in his brief major league career. Last year, he played second base in Arizona, batting .267/.317/.447 with 13 home runs and 63 RBI in 480 PA.

Banda, 24, made his major league debut last season, posting an ugly 5.96 ERA with a 25/10 K/BB ratio in 25 2/3 innings. The peripherals suggest he pitched better than his ERA indicated.

Widener, 23, was selected by the Yankees in the 12th round of the 2016 draft. This past season with High-A Tampa, he pitched 119 1/3 innings and posted a 3.39 ERA with a 129/50 K/BB ratio. MLB Pipeline rated Widener as the 14th-best prospect in the Yankees’ system.

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Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that the Rays will acquire second base prospect Nick Solak from the Yankees. The Yankees’ return is presently not known.

Solak, 23, was selected by the Yankees in the second round of the 2016 draft. He spent last season between High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton, hitting a combined .297/.384/.452 with 12 home runs, 53 RBI, 72 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases.

MLB Pipeline ranked Solak as the eighth-best prospect in the Yankees’ system and the fifth-best second base prospect in baseball, praising him for his ability to hit line drives as well as his speed.