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Here are the lineups for the Indians and Blue Jays

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ALCS Game 5 is in a couple of hours and the lineups are in.

The weird thing: Melvin Upton Jr. is in the game . . . as the DH. Why he’s not in the outfield and Jose Bautista DHing I have no idea. Bautista has DH’d a decent amount this year and he is an inferior defender to Upton. Maybe Bautista just hates DHing? Beats the heck out of me, but we’ll assume John Gibbons knows what he’s doing . . . unless it backfires and then we’ll give him hell for it. That’s how we roll as sports fans.

Anyway:

INDIANS

1. Carlos Santana (S) 1B
2. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B
3. Francisco Lindor (S) SS
4. Mike Napoli (R) DH
5. Jose Ramirez (S) 3B
6. Lonnie Chisenhall (L) RF
7. Coco Crisp (S) LF
8. Tyler Naquin (L) CF
9. Roberto Perez (R) C

BLUE JAYS

1. Jose Bautista (R) RF
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B
3. Edwin Encarnacion (R) 1B
4. Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
5. Russell Martin (R) C
6. Melvin Upton Jr. (R) DH
7. Ezequiel Carrera (L) LF
8. Kevin Pillar (R) CF
9. Darwin Barney (R) 2B

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.