NLDS, Game 1: Cardinals vs. Dodgers

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Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the Cardinals-Dodgers series in Los Angeles:

Cardinals:
3B Matt Carpenter
RF Randal Grichuk
LF Matt Holliday
SS Jhonny Peralta
C Yadier Molina
1B Matt Adams
2B Pete Kozma
CF Jon Jay
SP Adam Wainwright

Mike Matheny goes with right-handed hitters Randal Grichuk and Pete Kozma against left-hander Clayton Kershaw, choosing to bench rookies Oscar Tavereas and Kolten Wong. However, lefty bats Matt Adams and Jon Jay (and Matt Carpenter) are in the lineup. Kozma starting Game 1 of the playoffs is a possibility most Cardinals fans thought ceased to exist a while back, yet here we are again.

Dodgers:
2B Dee Gordon
CF Yasiel Puig
1B Adrian Gonzalez
RF Matt Kemp
SS Hanley Ramirez
LF Carl Crawford
3B Juan Uribe
C A.J. Ellis
SP Clayton Kershaw

Pretty standard lineup for the Dodgers or at least a pretty standard lineup for when everyone is healthy at the same time.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

Alex Gordon
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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.