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.

Carlos Martínez underwent ‘small procedure’ on right shoulder

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Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and StlToday.com, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.

Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.

Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.