Hit by pitch breaks Rockies infielder Daniel Descalso’s hand

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Colorado will begin the season without utility infielder Daniel Descalso, who suffered what the team is calling a small fracture on the top of his left hand when he was hit by a pitch Friday.

Descalso signed a two-year, $3.6 million deal with the Rockies last offseason after spending the first five seasons of his career with the Cardinals. He played a limited role for Colorado, receiving a total of 40 starts and 209 plate appearances while hitting .205 with five homers and a .607 OPS.

Once healthy Descalso figures to serve in basically the same capacity this season, backing up all the infield spots and starting once or twice per week.

Red Sox, Astros announce lineups for ALCS Game 4

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Red Sox

RF Mookie Betts
LF Andrew Benintendi
DH J.D. Martinez
SS Xander Bogaerts
3B Rafael Devers
1B Steve Pearce
2B Brock Holt
C Christian Vázquez
CF Jackie Bradley, Jr.

SP Rick Porcello

With Eduardo Núñez banged up, Devers gets another start. Devers has hit well when he’s had an opportunity to play this postseason, registering five hits (all singles) with a pair of walks and a pair of RBI. Pearce gets a start against a right-handed starter. He normally kills lefties but ripped a solo homer off of righty Joe Smith in Game 3. Holt gets the start at second base, looking for his first hit of the ALCS.

Astros

3B Alex Bregman
CF George Springer
DH José Altuve
2B Marwin González
1B Yuli Gurriel
RF Josh Reddick
SS Carlos Correa
C Martín Maldonado
LF Tony Kemp

SP Charlie Morton

Bregman, not Springer, is now hitting leadoff for the Astros. It’s not that Springer has been bad; it’s just that Bregman has been an on-base machine. He has drawn a walk in every postseason game this year, including three in Games 1 and 2 of the ALCS. Morton will be making his first appearance of the 2018 postseason. He was money down the stretch for the Astros last year en route to a championship.