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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

Blake Snell becomes client of Boras Corporation

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Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.

Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”

Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.

Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.