World Series, Game 6: Giants vs. Royals lineups

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Here are the lineups for Game 6 of the World Series, in Kansas City:

Giants:
CF Gregor Blanco
2B Joe Panik
C Buster Posey
3B Pablo Sandoval
RF Hunter Pence
1B Brandon Belt
DH Michael Morse
LF Travis Ishikawa
SS Brandon Crawford

SP Jake Peavy

Returning to American League rules means manager Bruce Bochy again has Michael Morse at designated hitter while sticking with career first baseman Travis Ishikawa in left field.

Royals:
SS Alcides Escobar
RF Norichika Aoki
CF Lorenzo Cain
1B Eric Hosmer
DH Billy Butler
LF Alex Gordon
C Salvador Perez
3B Mike Moustakas
2B Omar Infante

SP Yordano Ventura

With the series shifting back to Kansas City manager Ned Yost had a chance to return to his standard postseason lineup, but instead he’s done that with one exception. Mike Moustakas, who had batted ninth in games played in AL rules, flip-flops with Omar Infante. Jarrod Dyson returns to the bench in favor of Norichika Aoki, with Lorenzo Cain back in center field.

Braves sign Marcell Ozuna to one-year, $18 million deal

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The Braves have announced on Tuesday evening the signing of free agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that it’s a one-year contract for $18 million.

Ozuna, 29, hit .241/.328/.472 with 29 home runs, 89 RBI, 80 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases in 549 plate appearances for the Cardinals last season. He’s been consistently above-average in each of the past four seasons, which also included a career year in 2017 in which he was worth 6.1 WAR, per Baseball Reference.

It is surprising that Ozuna, a two-time All-Star and Gold Glove Award winner, had to settle for a one-year deal. The Braves are happy he did as he will help make up for some of the offense lost when third baseman Josh Donaldson became a free agent and ultimately signed with the Twins. Ozuna can become a free agent again after the 2020 season but won’t have qualifying offer compensation attached to him, part of the reason why his market may have been slow to develop.

Along with Ozuna, the Braves have signed in free agency this offseason reliever Will Smith, starter Cole Hamels, and catcher Travis d'Arnaud. They re-signed relievers Chris Martin and Darren O'Day, catcher Tyler Flowers, infielder Adeiny Hechavarría, and outfielder Nick Markakis.