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Lineups for World Series Game 5

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As the Cubs look for another opportunity to earn their third World Series title, they’ll also say goodbye to backstop David Ross, who will make his last start at Wrigley Field on Sunday night. The veteran catcher is set to retire following the conclusion of the 2016 postseason. He spent the last two seasons of his 15-year career in Chicago, during which he batted .203/.304/.351 with 11 home runs and contributed to back-to-back playoff runs.

Other changes to the Game 5 lineups: Terry Francona has Carlos Santana back in left field, while Rajai Davis will return to center field and Brandon Guyer will take over in right for his first start of the series since Game 1. The Cubs will give Jason Heyward another look in right field after the 27-year-old went 2-for-4 in Game 4.

Game time is set for 8 PM EDT; lineups are below.

INDIANS

1. Rajai Davis (R) CF
2. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B
3. Francisco Lindor (S) SS
4. Mike Napoli (R) 1B
5. Carlos Santana (S) LF
6. Jose Ramirez (S) 3B
7. Brandon Guyer (R) RF
8. Roberto Perez (R) C
9. Trevor Bauer (R) RHP

CUBS

1. Dexter Fowler (S) CF
2. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Ben Zobrist (S) LF
5. Addison Russell (R) SS
6. Jason Heyward (L) RF
7. Javier Baez (R) 2B
8. David Ross (R) C
9. Jon Lester (L) LHP

Mets are interested in Rick Porcello

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Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.

Porcello is coming off a pretty dreadful 2019 season in which he went 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts. That ERA was the worst in the majors among qualified starters. He’s also pretty homer happy. But (a) he’s durable; and (b) a change of scenery and a move to a more pitcher-friendly division and park might do him some good, so it’s not like he’s a bad guy for the Mets to be looking at. He’s only going to be 31 next season and he’s just a year removed from a decent season.

There are far worse bounceback candidates.