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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

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.