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.

Grudge continues to fester between Braves, Marlins

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The Braves and Marlins have some bad blood, especially concerning Ronald Acuña Jr. Around this time last year, José Ureña intentionally threw at Acuña in the first at-bat of a game, leading to a benches-clearing incident. Acuña was hit on the elbow and exited the game but was ultimately fine. Acuña’s crime? Just being good at baseball. At the time, he had homered in five consecutive games, including three games against the Marlins.

In 2019, the first-place Braves and last-place Marlins have mostly minded their own business. The Marlins, however, can certainly keep a grudge it appears. With his first pitch in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday night in Atlanta, Marlins starter Elieser Hernández hit Acuña in the hip.

Home plate umpire Alan Porter issued warnings to both dugouts. Braves manager Brian Snitker wasn’t happy about his side having received a warning for no reason, and was ejected by first base umpire Mark Wegner. Hernández would hit Adeiny Hechavarría with a pitch in the fourth inning — seemingly unintentionally — and was not ejected. Other than that, there were no more incidents and cooler heads prevailed.

Acuña finished 1-for-4 in the Braves’ 5-1 win. Freddie Freeman hit two home runs and knocked in four runs.