ALCS, Game 6: Blue Jays vs. Royals lineups

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Here are the Blue Jays and Royals lineups for Game 6 of the ALCS in Kansas City:

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 David Price

Russell Martin is back behind the plate instead of Dioner Navarro and the rest of the Blue Jays’ lineup and batting order are standard. David Price has a 5.24 ERA in 56.2 career postseason innings and has never received the “win” in a playoff game he’s started, but tonight is exactly why the Blue Jays acquired the impending free agent former Cy Young winner.

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 Yordano Ventura

Same old, same old lineup and batting order for Royals manager Ned Yost. Yordano Ventura will make his fourth start of the playoffs after previously getting the ball in Game 1 and Game 4 of the ALDS and Game 2 of the ALCS.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

Alex Gordon
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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.