ALCS, Game 4: Orioles vs. Royals lineups

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Here are the lineups for Game 4 of the Orioles-Royals series in Kansas City:

Orioles:
RF Nick Markakis
1B Steve Pearce
CF Adam Jones
LF Nelson Cruz
DH Delmon Young
SS J.J. Hardy
C Caleb Joseph
3B Ryan Flaherty
2B Jonathan Schoop

SP Miguel Gonzalez

With a left-hander on the mound Orioles manager Buck Showalter has Delmon Young back in the lineup at designated hitter, shifting Nelson Cruz to left field. He also has Caleb Joseph at catcher rather than Nick Hundley and has moved Steve Pearce into the No. 2 spot. Miguel Gonzalez pitches for the first time since the regular season finale on September 28.

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

SP Jason Vargas

Royals manager Ned Yost has stuck with the exact same lineup throughout the postseason and that doesn’t change today. Jason Vargas pitches for the first time since Game 1 of the ALDS on October 2.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”