NLCS, Game 1: Giants vs. Cardinals lineups

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Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the NLCS between the Giants and Cardinals. Expected first pitch at Busch Stadium is 8:07 p.m. ET:

Giants:
CF Gregor Blanco
2B Joe Panik
C Buster Posey
3B Pablo Sandoval
RF Hunter Pence
1B Brandon Belt
SS Brandon Crawford
LF Travis Ishikawa
SP Madison Bumgarner

Giants manager Bruce Bochy has flip-flopped Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval in the order with a right-hander on the mound for St. Louis. Travis Ishikawa is back in left field after Juan Perez made the start in Game 4 of the NLDS against the Nationals. Michael Morse is available off the bench.

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

This is the same lineup Mike Matheny used for the final two games of the NLDS against the Dodgers, with Randal Grichuk in right field and Kolten Wong at second base.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.