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Lineups for World Series Game 4

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The Great Carlos Santana Outfield Experiment of 2016 has come to an end, at least for Game 4 of the World Series. With the Indians slated to face right-hander John Lackey, Terry Francona has stationed Santana at first base over Mike Napoli, while Rajai Davis is set to man left field.

The Cubs, meanwhile, have elected Jason Heyward as their starting right fielder. Heyward’s last postseason start came during Game 5 of the Championship Series, though he’s made a handful of pinch-hit appearances since then. While his left-handed bat could be useful against Corey Kluber, he hasn’t registered a hit for the Cubs in two weeks, when he went 1-for-3 against the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLCS.

The game is scheduled to begin at 8 PM EDT; lineups are below.

INDIANS

1. Rajai Davis (R) LF
2. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B
3. Francisco Lindor (S) SS
4. Carlos Santana (S) 1B
5. Jose Ramirez (S) 3B
6. Lonnie Chisenhall (L) RF
7. Roberto Perez (R) C
8. Tyler Naquin (L) CF
9. Corey Kluber (R) RHP

CUBS

1. Dexter Fowler (S) CF
2. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Ben Zobrist (S) LF
5. Willson Contreras (R) C
6. Addison Russell (R) SS
7. Jason Heyward (L) RF
8. Javier Baez (R) 2B
9. John Lackey (R) RHP

No, the Astros aren’t being targeted for HBPs in spring training

Alex Bregman
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On Wednesday, Astros third baseman Alex Bregman was hit by Cardinals pitcher Ramon Santos. It marked the seventh time an Astros batter had been hit in spring training exhibition games thus far, the highest total among all teams. As expected, teams are exacting revenge for the Astros’ cheating ways!

Well, not quite. The pitch Santos hit Bregman with was a 3-2 breaking ball that got away. Usually, if a pitcher is going to hit a batter as an act of revenge, he’ll attempt to do it with a first-pitch fastball.

José Altuve was also hit by a pitch against the Tigers on Sunday. The pitch, which looks to be the off-speed variety, appeared to graze his uniform as opposed to hitting him flush, so it was likely unintentional on the part of pitcher Nick Ramirez.

Other Astros to have been hit in spring training thus far: Alex De Goti, Aledmys Díaz, Osvaldo Duarte, Dustin Garneau, and Jake Meyers. Not exactly a who’s-who list of Code Breaker operatives.

Will some pitchers intentionally throw at the Astros this year? Almost certainly, despite commissioner Rob Manfred’s warning. Have they been doing it from the moment exhibition games began earlier this month? Certainly not.