Adam LaRoche said the Giants never offered him two years and $17.5 million

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Remember how we all called Adam LaRoche dumb for turning down that two-year, $17.5 million offer from the Giants?  Well, he says it wasn’t that simple:

“It actually wasn’t a two-year deal. It was two years with
three- or four-year options. It wasn’t a two-year, $17 or $18
(million). It came across that that’s what it was, but that wasn’t what
it was.”

I guess only the Giants, LaRoche and his agent know for sure, but I’ve not heard of any contract in recent years that had “three or four year options.” Perhaps he meant it was a $17.5 million, three year deal with a fourth year option?  Still rather odd — why would the Giants commit to three years of LaRoche no matter how cheap it would be on an annual basis — and I have to think that if that was really the case the San Francisco or Arizona reporters would have reported that before now.

Astros, Red Sox announce lineups for ALCS Game 5

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The Red Sox are looking to punch their ticket to the World Series in Houston on Thursday night Game 5 of the ALCS. If they do, they’ll return to the Fall Classic for the first time since 2013, knocking out the defending champs in the process.

Red Sox

RF Mookie Betts
LF Andrew Benintendi
DH J.D. Martinez
SS Xander Bogaerts
1B Mitch Moreland
2B Ian Kinsler
3B Rafael Devers
C Christian Vázquez
CF Jackie Bradley, Jr.

SP David Price

Chris Sale is still feeling weak after his brief stint in the hospital earlier this week, so Price is getting the start instead. If the series goes to a Game 6, Sale would start.

The lineup is a little different than it was when they faced Verlander in Game 1. Moreland and Kinsler are new additions. Devers draws another start with Eduardo Núñez banged up.

Astros

3B Alex Bregman
RF George Springer
DH José Altuve
SS Carlos Correa
1B Yuli Gurriel
2B Marwín González
LF Tony Kemp
C Martin Maldonado
CF Jake Marisnick

SP Justin Verlander

Bregman hits leadoff again. He hasn’t hit for average — just .182 — but he has drawn seven walks across four games. González handles second base again as Altuve’s right knee remains sore. Marisnick is getting his first start of the postseason. He’s had just one plate appearance, coming in Game 2 of the ALDS and he struck out.