Dodgers, Braves lineups for Game 4

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The Dodgers and Braves get underway at 4:30 this afternoon. When they do, we’ll get a couple of wrinkles in the lineups.

Joc Pederson, rather than Chris Taylor, will get the start in left and leadoff. Max Muncy will likewise replace David Freese at first base and third in the batting order. Muncy actually got more plate appearances than Freese last night, but today he’s presumably in there for at least as long as Mike Foltynewicz is. Yasiel Puig likewise gets the start over Matt Kemp in right field, though he’ll be batting farther down in the order than Kemp did last night. Cody Bellinger and Enrique Hernandez will flip flop as well.

For Atlanta, Ozzie Albies moves up to the two-hole and Ender Inciarte is down in the seven slot. Tyler Flowers gets the start behind the dish over Kurt Suzuki.

The lineups:

Dodgers

1. Joc Pederson (L) LF
2. Justin Turner (R) 3B
3. Max Muncy (L) 1B
4. Manny Machado (R) SS
5. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
6. Enrique Hernandez (R) 2B
7. Cody Bellinger (L) CF
8. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
9. Rich Hill (L) P

Braves

1. Ronald Acuna Jr. (R) LF
2. Ozzie Albies (S) 2B
3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
4. Nick Markakis (L) RF
5. Johan Camargo (S) 3B
6. Tyler Flowers (R) C
7. Ender Inciarte (L) CF
8. Charlie Culberson (R) SS
9. Mike Foltynewicz (R) P

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year, $58.5M deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year, $58.5 million contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, gets $19.5 million in each of the next three seasons.

He spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu was scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.

He would get a $200,000 for winning an MVP award, $175,000 for finishing second in the voting, $150,000 for third, $125,000 for fourth and $100,000 for fifth. Abreu also would get $100,000 for earning World Series MVP and $75,000 for League Championship Series MVP, $75,000 for making the All-Star team and $75,000 for winning a Gold Glove or a Silver Slugger.

Abreu gets a hotel suite on road trips and the right to buy a luxury suite for all Astros home games.