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Lineups for NLCS Game 1

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Craig Counsell and Dave Roberts have announced their lineups for tonight’s NLCS opener. With lefties on the mound in the form of Clayton Kershaw and Gio Gonzalez, each manager has gone with his “hey, we’re facing a lefty” lineup.

For the Brewers that means that Hernan Perez starts at second base and Travis Shaw rides pine and the only lefties — Christian Yelich and Mike Moustakas — are a couple of guys who would be in against anyones. For the Dodgers that means all righties except Cody Bellinger and Kershaw himself, with ChrisT aylor, Matt Kemp and David Freese starting and Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson and Max Muncy on the bench. Not that we won’t see all of those guys at some point tonight, I reckon.

Dodgers

1. Chris Taylor (R) LF
2. Justin Turner (R) 3B
3. David Freese (R) 1B
4. Manny Machado (R) SS
5. Matt Kemp (R) RF
6. Enrique Hernandez (R) 2B
7. Cody Bellinger (L) CF
8. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
9. Clayton Kershaw (L) P

Brewers

1. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
2. Christian Yelich (L) RF
3. Ryan Braun (R) LF
4. Jesus Aguilar (R) 1B
5. Hernan Perez (R) 2B
6. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
7. Manny Pina (R) C
8. Orlando Arcia (R) SS
9. Gio Gonzalez (R) P

Asdrubal Cabrera signs with the Texas Rangers

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Texas Rangers have signed infielder Asdrubal Cabrera to a one-year deal, pending a physical. He’ll be paid $3.5 million, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. Rosenthal reports that Cabrera will primarily play third base, replacing Adrian Beltre, who has retired.

It’s a fairly low price given that Cabrera hit 23 homers and posted a line of .262/.316/.458 (112 OPS+) between the Mets and Phillies last season but, as is the case with so many other veteran free agents, there did not appear to be much of a market developing for his services. He’ll at least get a lot of playing time in Texas, it would seem.