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ALDS Game 3: Royals vs. Astros lineups

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Here are the starting lineups for Game 3 of the ALDS between the Royals and Astros on Sunday evening in Houston. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. ET on MLB Network.

ROYALS

SS Alcides Escobar
2B Ben Zobrist
CF Lorenzo Cain
1B Eric Hosmer
DH Kendrys Morales
3B Mike Moustakas
C Salvador Perez
LF Alex Gordon
RF Alex Rios

SP Edinson Volquez

No surprises here. It’s the exact same starting lineup Royals manager Ned Yost used in the first two games of this best-of-five. Salvador Perez, Alcides Escobar, Eric Hosmer, and Ben Zobrist were the big heroes in Friday’s crucial comeback win. The series is 1-1 with the action moving to Houston’s Minute Maid Park.

ASTROS

2B Jose Altuve
RF George Springer
SS Carlos Correa
LF Colby Rasmus
DH Evan Gattis
CF Carlos Gomez
3B Luis Valbuena
1B Chris Carter
C Jason Castro

SP Dallas Keuchel

Carlos Gomez is back in the starting lineup after being limited to a bench role in the first two games of the series due to lingering complications with his intercostal muscle. He strained that muscle in mid-September and that type of injury usually takes a full 4-6 weeks to fully recover from. Gomez did homer in the American League Wild Card Game, so there’s some hope that he can be a difference maker even at less than 100 percent.

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

Trevor Story
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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.

Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.

This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.

With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.