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Report: Blue Jays “far along” in discussions with Mat Latos

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Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays are “far along” in contract negotiations with pitcher Mat Latos.

Latos, 29, had a forgettable 2016 season. He started off the season great with the White Sox, then faltered before being released in mid-June. He signed with the Nationals at the end of the month but couldn’t regain his footing. Overall, Latos posted a 4.89 ERA with a 42/30 K/BB ratio in 70 innings.

The Blue Jays’ rotation is already spoken for with Aaron Sanchez, Marco Estrada, J.A. Happ, Marcus Stroman, and Francisco Liriano. If the club were to sign Latos, he could work out of the bullpen and provide starting depth as needed.

Giancarlo Stanton is out of the Yankees lineup again

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Giancarlo Stanton is out of the lineup for today’s Astros-Yankees game for the second consecutive day due to a quad strain. The Yankees have yet to take him off the roster completely because, if they did so, he’d be ineligible to play in the World Series should the Yankees advance, so for the time being New York will play shorthanded once again.

The lineups for this afternoon’s ALCS Game 3, in which Gerrit Cole will face Luis Severino:

Astros

1. George Springer (R) CF
2. José Altuve (R) 2B
3. Michael Brantley (L) LF
4. Alex Bregman (R) 3B
5. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B
6. Yordan Álvarez (L) DH
7. Carlos Correa (R) SS
8. Josh Reddick (L) RF
9. Martín Maldonado (R) C

Yankees

1. DJ LeMahieu (R) 1B
2. Aaron Judge (R) RF
3. Brett Gardner (L) LF
4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH
5. Gleyber Torres (R) 2B
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS
7. Gary Sánchez (R) C
8. Gio Urshela (R) 3B
9. Aaron Hicks (S) CF