World Series, Game 5: Royals vs. Giants lineups

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The Giants evened the World Series at 2-2 with an 11-4 win over the Royals in Game 4 on Saturday night. Both teams will battle to retake a series lead tonight in Game 5 at AT&T Park in San Francisco. First pitch is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. ET.

Royals:

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

The Royals are using the same lineup as they’ve used in Games 3 and 4, which features Dyson in center and Cain in right field, eschewing Norichika Aoki.

Giants:

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

With the right-handed Shields on the mound, Giants manager Bruce Bochy has put Sandoval back to the clean-up spot and Pence back to fifth in the order. Juan Perez goes back to the bench after his Game 4 start, giving way to Ishikawa in left field.

Adeiny Hechavarría rejoins Braves on one-year, $1 million deal

Adeiny Hechavarría
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On Thursday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the Braves and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarría reunited on a one-year, $1 million contract.

Hechavarría, 30, began the season with the Mets but was released in mid-August and joined the Braves shortly thereafter. He enjoyed more success in Atlanta, albeit in a smaller sample size. In aggregate, Hechavarría hit .241/.299/.443 with nine home runs and 33 RBI over 221 trips to the plate. More importantly, he provided versatility with above-average defense.

The Braves are banking on Hechavarría doing more of the same in 2020 as a backup infielder. He will spell Ozzie Albies, Dansby Swanson, Johan Camargo, and Austin Riley as needed.