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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.

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”