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.

Yankees keep ALCS hopes alive with 4-1 win over Astros

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The Yankees defeated the Astros 4-1 during Game 5 of the American League Championship Series on Friday night, staving off a potential postseason elimination and forcing the series to at least six games.

In just the third playoff appearance of his career, Yankees southpaw James Paxton turned in another impressive performance, limiting the Astros to four hits and four walks over six innings of one-run ball. According to MLB Stats, his nine strikeouts made him the second Yankees lefty to record multiple starts of 8+ strikeouts in the same postseason campaign, two decades after David Wells did so for the 1998 championship-winning club.

Paxton’s strong outing was backed by a handful of runs from DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Hicks, both of whom went deep against Astros ace Justin Verlander in the bottom of the first inning. LeMahieu’s leadoff solo shot marked his first postseason home run since Game 1 of the ALDS, while Hicks’ three-run 347-footer was his first home run of any variety since July 24 (and his first in the playoffs since the 2017 ALDS).

Neither team managed a single run after the first inning, leaving the two pitching staffs to duke it out for eight quick innings. Verlander outlasted Paxton — taking the game through the seventh with five hits, four runs, and nine strikeouts — but even with a flawless contribution from Brad Peacock in the eighth, there was little the hurlers could do to help the Astros solve Paxton and an airtight Yankees bullpen.

With the win, the Yankees will try to push the series to a full seven games in order to snatch the AL pennant from the Astros. They’ll have to do in Houston, however, as the Astros will regain home field advantage when Game 6 kicks off on Saturday at 8:08 PM EDT. Neither starter has been announced yet; per Houston skipper A.J. Hinch, it will likely be a bullpen day.