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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

Grudge continues to fester between Braves, Marlins

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The Braves and Marlins have some bad blood, especially concerning Ronald Acuña Jr. Around this time last year, José Ureña intentionally threw at Acuña in the first at-bat of a game, leading to a benches-clearing incident. Acuña was hit on the elbow and exited the game but was ultimately fine. Acuña’s crime? Just being good at baseball. At the time, he had homered in five consecutive games, including three games against the Marlins.

In 2019, the first-place Braves and last-place Marlins have mostly minded their own business. The Marlins, however, can certainly keep a grudge it appears. With his first pitch in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday night in Atlanta, Marlins starter Elieser Hernández hit Acuña in the hip.

Home plate umpire Alan Porter issued warnings to both dugouts. Braves manager Brian Snitker wasn’t happy about his side having received a warning for no reason, and was ejected by first base umpire Mark Wegner. Hernández would hit Adeiny Hechavarría with a pitch in the fourth inning — seemingly unintentionally — and was not ejected. Other than that, there were no more incidents and cooler heads prevailed.

Acuña finished 1-for-4 in the Braves’ 5-1 win. Freddie Freeman hit two home runs and knocked in four runs.