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Lineups for NLCS Game 2

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The Brewers have won 12 straight games, dating all the way back through September 23. Extending that winning streak through the National League Championship Series might be improbable, but there’s been nothing to suggest that the Dodgers will bring their NL rivals to a grinding halt when the two go head-to-head during Game 2 of the NLCS on Saturday.

Here are the lineups:

Dodgers

1. Chris Taylor (R) LF CF
2. Justin Turner (R) 3B
3. David Freese (R) 1B
4. Manny Machado (R) SS
5. Matt Kemp (R) RF LF
6. Enrique Hernández (R) 2B
7. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
8. Austin Barnes (R) C
9. Hyun-Jin Ryu (L) P

The Dodgers will shift things around in the outfield to accommodate Puig (and give the still-hitless Cody Bellinger a breather), who will return to his post in right field after sitting during Game 1 of the series. After a rough night for Grandal, who was charged with an error, passed ball, and catcher’s interference during Friday’s 6-5 loss, Barnes will get the nod behind the plate.

Brewers

1. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
2. Christian Yelich (L) RF
3. Ryan Braun (R) LF
4. Jesus Aguilar (R) 1B
5. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
6. Travis Shaw (L) 2B
7. Erik Kratz (R) C
8. Orlando Arcia (R) SS
9. Wade Miley (R) P

The Brewers will stick with the same lineup they did in Game 1, with just two exceptions. The left-handed hitting Shaw will swap in for righty Hernan Perez at the keystone, while Kratz will make his first start behind the dish since Game 3 of the NLDS.

Game time is set for 4:09 PM EDT. Whether or not the Brewers pull off another win, they’ll get the opportunity to clinch the series in Los Angeles when it shifts to Dodger Stadium for Games 3-5 on Monday.

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.