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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

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.