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Joc Pederson, Chase Utley are in the Dodgers’ Game 2 lineup

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The lineups for Game 2 of the World Series are out and we have two changes to report.

None for the Astros, who go with the same lineup they had in Game 1, with the exception of Justin Verlander taking the bump and batting ninth.

The Dodgers make two substitutions: Joc Pederson will play left field and bat sixth and Chase Utley will play second and bat eighth. Both of those guys are lefties, of course, so they replace Kiké Hernandez and Logan Forsythe with the righty Verlander on the mound. Dave Roberts is also shuffling things around a bit, moving Corey Seager up to the second slot and pushing Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger and Yasiel Puig all down a notch.

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. Justin Verlander (R) P

Los Angeles

1. Chris Taylor (R) CF
2. Corey Seager (L) SS
3. Justin Turner (R) 3B
4. Cody Bellinger (L) 1B
5. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
6. Joc Pederson (L) LF
7. Austin Barnes (R) C
8. Chase Utley (L) 2B
9. Rich Hill (L) P

Blake Snell becomes client of Boras Corporation

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Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.

Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”

Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.

Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.