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Nationals acquire reliever Kyle Barraclough from the Marlins

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The Nationals just announced that they have acquired reliever Kyle Barraclough from the Marlins in exchange for international slot money.

Barraclough posted a 4.20 ERA in 61 games and recorded ten saves for the Marlins in 2018. In his previous three seasons, however, he posted a 2.87 ERA in 166 games in a setup role while striking out 12.1 batters per nine innings. He walks a lot of guys. He’s OK for the back of someone’s pen, though he’s not good enough to be a closer on a contender.

The Marlins, perpetually rebuilding, are said to be interested in some of the top prospects on the international market, so the slot money will serve them well.

Nationals, Astros lineups for World Series Game 2

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The Nationals, believed by oddsmakers to be big underdogs in the World Series against the Astros, won arguably their toughest matchup last night by plating five runs against Gerrit Cole in a 5-4 win in Houston. They’ll take a 1-0 series lead into Wednesday night’s action featuring a duel between Stephen Strasburg and Justin Verlander. Here are the lineups for the two sides.

Nationals

SS Trea Turner
RF Adam Eaton
3B Anthony Rendon
LF Juan Soto
DH Howie Kendrick
2B Asdrúbal Cabrera
1B Ryan Zimmerman
C Kurt Suzuki
CF Victor Robles

SP Stephen Strasburg

No changes here. Manager Dave Martinez is rolling out the same exact lineup as he had in Game 1.

Astros

CF George Springer
2B José Altuve
LF Michael Brantley
3B Alex Bregman
1B Yuli Gurriel
DH Yordan Álvarez
SS Carlos Correa
C Robinson Chirinos
RF Josh Reddick

SP Justin Verlander

Likewise, Astros skipper A.J. Hinch has hardly changed his lineup. The only difference is Chirinos is doing the catching tonight as opposed to Martín Maldonado.

Springer notably did not give maximum effort on an RBI double he hit off of the wall in right-center field, thinking it was a home run. He could’ve had a triple. Springer and Hinch discussed it over the phone late last night, Bleacher Report’s Scott Miller reports. Hinch didn’t seem too concerned about it.