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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.

Anthony Rendon explains why he didn’t go to the White House

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Today the Angels introduced their newest big star, Anthony Rendon, who just signed a seven-year, $245 million contract to play in Orange County.

And it is Orange County, not Los Angeles, Rendon stressed at the press conference. When asked about the Dodgers, who had also been reported to be courting him, Rendon said he preferred the Angels because, “the Hollywood lifestyle . . . didn’t seem like it would be a fit for us as a family.”

What “the Hollywood Lifestyle” means in that context could mean a lot of things I suppose. It could be about the greater media scrutiny Dodgers players are under compared to Angels players. It could mean that he’d simply prefer to live in Newport Beach than, I dunno, wherever Dodgers players live. Pasadena? Pasadena is more convenient to Dodger Stadium than the beach. Who knows. They never did let Yasiel Puig get that helicopter he wanted, so traffic could’ve been a consideration.

But maybe it’s a subtle allusion to political/cultural stuff. Orange County has trended to the left in some recent elections but it is, historically speaking, a conservative stronghold in Southern California. And, based on something else he said in his press conference, Rendon seems to be pretty conscious of geographical/political matters:

A shoutout to the notion of Texas being Trump country and an askance glance at “the Hollywood Lifestyle” of Los Angeles all in the same press conference. That’s a lot of culture war ground covered in one press conference. So much so that I can’t decide if I should warn Rendon that both Texas and Orange County are trending leftward or if I should tell him to stick to sports.