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Lineups for NLDS Game 3 between Dodgers, Braves

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The Dodgers will look to complete a sweep of the Braves in the NLDS in Game 3, slated for an 8:07 PM ET start on Sunday night in Atlanta. FS1 will have the broadcast. Here are your lineups.

Dodgers

LF Chris Taylor
3B Justin Turner
1B David Freese
SS Manny Machado
RF Matt Kemp
CF Cody Bellinger
2B Enrique Hernández
C Yasmani Grandal
P Walker Buehler

The Dodgers are going with a different look now that the Braves have a lefty starter on the mound. David Freese is batting third and playing first base as opposed to Max Muncy. Matt Kemp is in right field instead of Yasiel Puig.

Braves

LF Ronald Acuña, Jr.
CF Ender Inciarte
1B Freddie Freeman
RF Nick Markakis
3B Johan Camargo
C Kurt Suzuki
2B Ozzie Albies
SS Charlie Culberson
P Sean Newcomb

The Braves are going with essentially the same lineup they used in the first two games, which have resulted in exactly zero runs scored. Buehler last started on October 1 in the NL West tiebreaker game against the Rockies. He tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings.

Yasmani Grandal signs a four-year, $73 million deal with the White Sox

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The first truly big free agent signing of the offseason has gone down: the Chicago White Sox just announced that they have signed catcher Yasmani Grandal to a four-year, $73 million deal.

Grandal, 31, was the best catcher available in free agency. He is coming off a fine year with the Milwaukee Brewers, with whom he had to settle for a one-year pact in 2019. He hit .246/.380/.468 with 28 homers and 77 driven in. It was his fourth straight season with 20+ homers. While his catching has been criticized due to some high-profile mistakes in the postseason, the two-time All-Star once again proved himself to be one of the best pitch-framers in the game if not the best. Between the bat and the glove he has a claim to being one of the best all-around catchers in baseball.

The signing leaves open the question of what happens to James McCann, who was himself an All-Star this year. It’s not that hard a question, of course, as Grandal is a far superior catcher to McCann in every respect. The Sox could make McCann a backup. Alternatively, they could try to trade him to fill other holes on the roster.

The White Sox finished 72-89 in 2019 but are showing signs of coming out of rebuilding mode and into contention mode. This signing pushes them a big step into that direction.