World Series, Game 4: Royals vs. Giants lineups

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With the Royals up 2-1 over the Giants in the 2014 World Series, here are the lineups for Game 4 tonight in San Francisco. First pitch is slated for 8:07 p.m. ET:

Royals:
SS Alcides Escobar
LF Alex Gordon
RF Lorenzo Cain
1B Eric Hosmer
3B Mike Moustakas
2B Omar Infante
C Salvador Perez
CF Jarrod Dyson
SP Jason Vargas

Royals manager Ned Yost is back with the same lineup he used in Game 3 last night. That means that Alex Gordon is in the No. 2 spot once again while Jarrod Dyson is in center field and Mike Moustakas is batting fifth for the second straight day. Nori Aoki and Billy Butler remain on the bench.

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

While the Royals are sticking with their lineup from Game 3, Giants manager Bruce Bochy is making some changes with left-hander Jason Vargas on the hill for Kansas City. Juan Perez will make his second start of the postseason in left field, pushing Travis Ishikawa to the bench. Michael Morse apparently isn’t ready to play the field quite yet. The change will make the defense stronger at the very least. That could be critical with some tricky winds expected. Meanwhile, Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval have flip-flopped in the order.

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.