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Lineups for Dodgers-Nationals NLDS Game 2

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The Nationals will send Jose Lobaton behind the plate as they try to even the series this afternoon. Earlier today, Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts said that Clayton Kershaw could get the nod for Game 4 if they drop the next two games, though they’ll be looking for a sharper outing from their ace than the one he delivered on Friday.

Lineups are below; game time is set for 4 PM EDT.

DODGERS

1.  Chase Utley (L) 2B
2.  Corey Seager (L) SS
3.  Justin Turner (R) 3B
4.  Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
5.  Josh Reddick (L) RF
6.  Joc Pederson (L) CF
7.  Yasmani Grandal (S) C
8.  Andrew Toles (L) LF
9.  Rich Hill (L) LHP
NATIONALS
1.  Trea Turner (R) CF
2.  Bryce Harper (L) RF
3.  Jayson Werth (R) LF
4.  Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
5.  Anthony Rendon (R) 3B
6.  Ryan Zimmerman (R) 1B
7.  Danny Espinosa (S) SS
8.  Jose Lobaton (S) C
9.  Tanner Roark (R) RHP

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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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.