ALDS Game 3: Angels vs. Royals lineups

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Here are the starting lineups for Game 3 of the Angels-Royals series in Kansas City …

ANGELS
RF Kole Calhoun
CF Mike Trout
1B Albert Pujols
2B Howie Kendrick
SS Erick Aybar
3B David Freese
LF Josh Hamilton
DH C.J. Cron
C Chris Iannetta

C.J. Wilson will be on the mound, looking to put his disappointing regular season in the rearview. Hamilton is 0-for-9 so far in this series, but the Angels are going to stick with the $133 million outfielder. He appeared in just one of the Halos’ final 23 regular-season games due to shoulder, chest, and rib cage injuries.

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

James Shields, who pitched against the A’s in the American League Wild Card Game, will be making his first start in this series. He owns a 5.26 ERA in 39 1/3 career postseason innings, which doesn’t quite fit with the “Big Game James” nickname, but the impending free agent right-hander has the opportunity here to pitch the Royals into the ALCS. Infante did not have a good regular season and looked lost at the plate in the first two games of this best-of-five set, but Royals manager Ned Yost won’t try Christian Colon at second base.

CC Sabathia hopes to play one more year

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Back in May, Yankees starter CC Sabathia said he’d retire if the Yankees won the World Series. That still may be the plan, but he recently told MLB.com that he’s going to try to pitch in 2019, health willing:

“I’m start to start. I go out one start and feel like I can pitch five more years. I go out another start and I’m done. But if I can stay healthy — if my knee holds up — hopefully I’ll play one more.”

Sabathia is enjoying a nice late-career renaissance, having transformed himself from the dominant lefty he used to be to a crafty one over the past several seasons. Sabathia will turn 38 on Saturday, but he’s having another solid season. He has a 3.51 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over 18 starts.

Will a World Series decide whether he hangs ’em up? Will his knee? Guess we’ll know by November.