ALDS, Game 5: Astros vs. Royals lineups

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Here are the Astros and Royals lineups for Game 5 of the ALDS in Kansas City:

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

SP Collin McHugh

Houston is using the same lineup as Game 4, with one minor change to the batting order as Carlos Gomez and Evan Gattis flip places.

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 Johnny Cueto

Business as usual for the Royals, who’re sticking with their standard lineup and standard batting order while counting on Johnny Cueto to pitch like the ace they thought they were acquiring from the Reds in July.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.