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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

Anthony Rendon explains why he didn’t go to the White House

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Today the Angels introduced their newest big star, Anthony Rendon, who just signed a seven-year, $245 million contract to play in Orange County.

And it is Orange County, not Los Angeles, Rendon stressed at the press conference. When asked about the Dodgers, who had also been reported to be courting him, Rendon said he preferred the Angels because, “the Hollywood lifestyle . . . didn’t seem like it would be a fit for us as a family.”

What “the Hollywood Lifestyle” means in that context could mean a lot of things I suppose. It could be about the greater media scrutiny Dodgers players are under compared to Angels players. It could mean that he’d simply prefer to live in Newport Beach than, I dunno, wherever Dodgers players live. Pasadena? Pasadena is more convenient to Dodger Stadium than the beach. Who knows. They never did let Yasiel Puig get that helicopter he wanted, so traffic could’ve been a consideration.

But maybe it’s a subtle allusion to political/cultural stuff. Orange County has trended to the left in some recent elections but it is, historically speaking, a conservative stronghold in Southern California. And, based on something else he said in his press conference, Rendon seems to be pretty conscious of geographical/political matters:

A shoutout to the notion of Texas being Trump country and an askance glance at “the Hollywood Lifestyle” of Los Angeles all in the same press conference. That’s a lot of culture war ground covered in one press conference. So much so that I can’t decide if I should warn Rendon that both Texas and Orange County are trending leftward or if I should tell him to stick to sports.