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.

Blake Snell becomes client of Boras Corporation

Blake Snell
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Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.

Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”

Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.

Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.