Here are the lineups for Game 7

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It’s the final day of the baseball season. It’ll be kicked off by Jim Thome throwing out the first pitch. It will be ended by a pitch from either Andrew Miller, Cody Allen or Aroldis Chapman. In between, anything can happen.

As for the players: the Chicago Cubs will use the same lineup that put up a touchdown and a safety against the Indians in Game 6. They had better hope for some magic or some fatigue from the opposing pitcher, though, as they have only scored one run off of Kluber in his two previous starts.

As for the Indians, Rajai Davis gets the start in center, a night after Tyler Naquin‘s adventures in fielding led to a couple of Cubs runs and a lot of later uncertainty over who had dibs on what ball. Otherwise, it’s the same dudes.

CUBS

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

INDIANS

1. Carlos Santana (S) DH
2. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B
3. Francisco Lindor (S) SS
4. Mike Napoli (R) 1B
5. Jose Ramirez (S) 3B
6. Lonnie Chisenhall (L) RF
7. Rajai Davis (R) CF
8. Coco Crisp (S) LF
9. Roberto Perez (R) C

Ultimately this one is about the pitching, though. Hendricks vs. Kluber with three relief aces waiting in the wings. Here’s hoping Cubs and Indians fans find some way to breathe in the four hours between now and game time. For the rest of us, here’s hoping for an exciting as all get-out Game 7.

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

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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.