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ALDS Game 3: Blue Jays vs. Rangers lineups

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Here are the starting lineups for Game 3 of the ALDS between the Blue Jays and Rangers on Sunday night in Arlington, Texas. First pitch is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

BLUE JAYS

LF Ben Revere
3B Josh Donaldson
RF Jose Bautista
DH Edwin Encarnacion
SS Troy Tulowitzki
1B Chris Colabello
Dioner Navarro
2B Ryan Goins
CF Kevin Pillar

SP Marco Estrada

Toronto is going heavy on right-handed-hitters in this must-win matchup against Rangers left-hander Martin Perez. Chris Colabello is starting ahead of Justin Smoak at first base and Dioner Navarro will start over $82 million catcher Russell Martin. Trade deadline acquisition Troy Tulowitzki is 0-for-10 with four strikeouts in this series. He acknowledged to reporters ahead of Game 1 that he’s not fully recovered from a fracture of his left shoulder blade.

RANGERS

CF Delino DeShields Jr.
RF Shin-Soo Choo
DH Prince Fielder
1B Mitch Moreland
SS Elvis Andrus
LF Josh Hamilton
2B Rougned Odor
C Robinson Chirinos
3B Hanser Alberto

SP Martin Perez

Adrian Beltre remains sidelined with a back injury, so 22-year-old Hanser Alberto gets another start at third base. Alberto drove in two runs in Friday’s Game 2 win in Toronto. An MRI taken Thursday on Beltre’s back showed no structural damage and he could return to action if this best-of-five series goes longer. Texas has a 2-0 lead and can sweep the heavily-favored Jays in Game 3 on Sunday night. Mitch Moreland is starting at first base ahead of Mike Napoli with Toronto tossing a right-hander.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.