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Gio González will oppose Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 of NLCS


The Brewers have set up the starting rotation for the NLCS against the Dodgers. The Dodgers have only announced the Game 1 starter. Gio González will square off against Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 on Friday at Miller Park. The Brewers announced that Wade Miley will start Game 2 and Jhoulys Chacín will start Game 3.

Kershaw, 30, started Game 2 of the NLDS for the Dodgers against the Braves, which lined him up for a potential Game 5. He tossed eight scoreless innings, limiting the Braves to two hits with no walks and three strikeouts on 85 pitches.

González, 33, hasn’t pitched yet this postseason. During the regular season, he compiled a 4.57 ERA in 27 starts with the Nationals, but was excellent in five starts for the Brewers down the stretch. He made five starts with a 3-0 record and a 2.13 ERA across 25 1/3 innings.

Game 1 will be broadcast on FS1 and is slated for an 8:09 PM ET start.

Rafael Devers won’t visit White House with Red Sox

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The World Series champion Red Sox are scheduled to visit President Trump in the White House on February 15. Some have speculated that manager Álex Cora, who is from Puerto Rico and has been critical of Trump and has been a big factor in Hurricane Maria relief efforts, might not go as a form of protest. Thus far, nothing concrete has been reported on that front.

However, third baseman Rafael Devers says he isn’t going to join the Red Sox on their visit to the White House, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports. Devers would prefer to focus on baseball, as the Red Sox open spring training on February 13 and position players have to report on February 17. Per Chris Mason, Devers also said via a translator, “The opportunity was presented and I just wasn’t compelled to go.”

Devers hails from the Dominican Republic and he, like many of Major League Baseball’s foreign-born player base, might not be happy about Trump’s immigration policies. Understandably, he is being tight-lipped about his motivation, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Devers is making a silent protest by choosing not to attend. He is thus far the only member of the team to bow out.

Devers, 22, hit .240/.298/.433 with 21 home runs, 66 RBI, and 59 runs scored in 490 plate appearances last season.

Last year, when the Astros visited Trump at the White House, they did so without Carlos Correa and Carlos Beltrán. Both are from Puerto Rico. It is certainly not unprecedented for individual players to opt out of the White House visit.

No word yet on what food will be served during Boston’s trip to the nation’s capital, but the smart money is on hamberders.