NLDS, Game 4: Nationals vs. Giants lineups

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Here are the lineups for Game 4 of the Nationals-Giants series in San Francisco:

Nationals:
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
LF Bryce Harper
C Wilson Ramos
2B Asdrubal Cabrera
SP Gio Gonzalez

Matt Williams sticks with the same lineup, which means Ryan Zimmerman remains on the bench.

Giants:
CF Gregor Blanco
2B Joe Panik
C Buster Posey
RF Hunter Pence
3B Pablo Sandoval
1B Brandon Belt
SS Brandon Crawford
LF Juan Perez
SP Ryan Vogelsong

With a left-hander on the mound Bruce Bochy makes two changes after Game 3. Juan Perez gets the start in left field over Travis Ishikawa and Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval flip-flop in the 4-5 spots.

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.