Dean Chance has passed away at the age of 74, according to Angels vice president of communications Tim Mead.
Chance made his MLB debut with the Angels in 1961 at age 20 and won the Cy Young Award in 1964 at age 23. He wrapped up an 11-year career in 1971 with an outstanding 2.92 career ERA in 2,147 1/3 total major league frames.
The right-hander was inducted into the Angels Hall of Fame this past August. He’s pictured above, on the far left. That is Tim Salmon at the podium and Mike Witt in the other chair.
Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports that 24-year-old middle infielder Matt Reynolds has replaced Ruben Tejada on the Mets’ roster for the NLDS. Tejada fractured his right fibula Saturday on a vicious slide from Chase Utley and is out for the remainder of the postseason.
Reynolds has never appeared in a major league game and will become only the second player in baseball’s modern era to make his MLB debut in the playoffs (if he does make it on the field). Mark Kiger debuted in the 2006 ALCS with the A’s but never saw any other big league action.
Wilmer Flores will take over as the Mets’ starting shortstop in Game 3 on Monday. The best-of-five series is tied 1-1 as it shifts from Los Angeles to New York’s Citi Field.
Reynolds, a second-round pick in 2012, posted an underwhelming .267/.319/.402 batting line with six home runs in 115 games this year at Triple-A Las Vegas.
Here are the starting lineups for Game 3 of the ALDS between the Royals and Astros on Sunday evening in Houston. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. ET on MLB Network.
SS Alcides Escobar
2B Ben Zobrist
CF Lorenzo Cain
1B Eric Hosmer
DH Kendrys Morales
3B Mike Moustakas
C Salvador Perez
LF Alex Gordon
RF Alex Rios
SP Edinson Volquez
No surprises here. It’s the exact same starting lineup Royals manager Ned Yost used in the first two games of this best-of-five. Salvador Perez, Alcides Escobar, Eric Hosmer, and Ben Zobrist were the big heroes in Friday’s crucial comeback win. The series is 1-1 with the action moving to Houston’s Minute Maid Park.
2B Jose Altuve
RF George Springer
SS Carlos Correa
LF Colby Rasmus
DH Evan Gattis
CF Carlos Gomez
3B Luis Valbuena
1B Chris Carter
C Jason Castro
SP Dallas Keuchel
Carlos Gomez is back in the starting lineup after being limited to a bench role in the first two games of the series due to lingering complications with his intercostal muscle. He strained that muscle in mid-September and that type of injury usually takes a full 4-6 weeks to fully recover from. Gomez did homer in the American League Wild Card Game, so there’s some hope that he can be a difference maker even at less than 100 percent.