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Corey Seager bats sixth for the Dodgers, Brian McCann is behind the plate for Houston

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The lineups for tonight’s Game 1 have been announced. There’s nothing terribly surprising here.

Corey Seager is back in the Dodgers lineup for the first time since the NLDS. He’ll hit sixth despite the fact he was the primary No. 2 hitter during the regular season and the NLDS. Dave Roberts is clearly going with an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach, content with the top of the order which scored a lot of runs against the Cubs. The only other wrinkle: Enrique Hernandez will move up to hit fifth against lefty Dallas Keuchel following his three-homer Game 5 versus the Cubs.

For Houston, the big decision is which of Evan Gattis or Brian McCann will be left out of the lineup given the absence of the DH in the National League park. The answer is that Gattis will ride the pine — along with frequent DH Carlos Beltran — while Brian McCann gets the call behind the plate. He’ll bat sixth.

Here are the full lineups:

Houston

1. George Springer (R) CF
2. Alex Bregman (R) 3B
3. Jose Altuve (R) 2B
4. Carlos Correa (R) SS
5. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B
6. Brian McCann (L) C
7. Marwin Gonzalez (S) LF
8. Josh Reddick (L) RF
9. Dallas Keuchel (L) P

Los Angeles

1. Chris Taylor (R) CF
2. Justin Turner (R) 3B
3. Cody Bellinger (L) 1B
4. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
5. Enrique Hernandez (R) LF
6. Corey Seager (L) SS
7. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B
8. Austin Barnes (R) C
9. Clayton Kershaw (L) P

 

Yankees halt Giancarlo Stanton’s rehab due to calf tightness

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There was some thought that Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton would soon be activated from the injured list. Stanton has been out since the beginning of April due to biceps and shoulder injuries. It will be a little while longer.

The Yankees announced on Wednesday that Stanton’s rehab has been halted due to tightness in his left calf. Stanton was scratched from Tuesday’s rehab game with High-A Tampa due to tightness around his left calf and knee, so this news didn’t pop up out of nowhere.

Stanton recorded a pair of singles and seven walks in 15 trips to the plate in the only three games he played this season, all against the Orioles. Durability has always been a concern for the 29-year-old, but he managed to play in 159 games for the Marlins in 2017 and 158 for the Yankees last year. He’s in the fifth year of a 13-year, $325 million contract originally signed with the Marlins.