ALCS, Game 4: Royals vs. Blue Jays lineups

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Here are the Royals and Blue Jays lineups for Game 4 of the ALCS in Toronto:

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 Chris Young

Business as usual for the Royals and manager Ned Yost, who take a no-changes approach to postseason lineups and batting orders. Chris Young will be making his second career playoff start and first since 2006 with the Padres.

BLUE JAYS:
LF Ben Revere
3B Josh Donaldson
RF Jose Bautista
DH Edwin Encarnacion
1B Chris Colabello
SS Troy Tulowitzki
C Russell Martin
CF Kevin Pillar
2B Ryan Goins

SP R.A. Dickey

After making some changes early in the playoffs Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has followed in Yost’s footsteps by setting a lineup and mostly stick with it regardless of matchups. That means Chris Colabello at first base against a right-hander while Justin Smoak sits and Russell Martin behind the plate whenever Marco Estrada isn’t pitching.

Blake Snell becomes client of Boras Corporation

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Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.

Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”

Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.

Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.