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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

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.