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Lineups for ALCS Game 2

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After steamrolling the Red Sox with a 7-2 finish during Game 1 of the ALCS, the Astros will send Gerrit Cole to the mound as they look for a 2-0 leg up in the series. In two career starts at Fenway Park, Cole has posted 11 cumulative innings of seven-run, 10-strikeout ball against the Red Sox. He’ll try to improve on those numbers — and the seven innings of one-run, 12-strikeout ball he delivered in Game 2 of the 2018 ALDS — to keep the Astros’ as-yet undefeated postseason record alive this fall.

Here are the lineups:

Astros

1. George Springer (R) CF
2. José Altuve (R) 2B
3. Alex Bregman (R) 3B
4. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B
5. Tyler White (R) DH
6. Marwin González (S) LF
7. Carlos Correa (R) SS
8. Martín Maldonado (R) C
9. Josh Reddick (L) RF

Gerrit Cole RHP

No changes for Houston here. It’s worth noting that Springer has the opportunity to set a team-best record if he notches a hit and extends his current streak to 11 consecutive games. The Astros as a whole can also set a new MLB record if they manage even one home run off the Red Sox tonight, which will bring them to 14 straight playoff games with a homer. (The current record holder? …still the Astros, who recorded their first 13-game streak with a postseason home run in 2001-2004.)

Red Sox

1. Mookie Betts (R) RF
2. Andrew Benintendi (L) LF
3. J.D. Martinez (R) DH
4. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS
5. Steve Pearce (R) 1B
6. Rafael Devers (L) 3B
7. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B
8. Jackie Bradley, Jr. (L) CF
9. Christian Vázquez (R) C

David Price LHP

Only a few adjustments to the bottom of the lineup for Game 2: Devers will take over for Eduardo Núñez at the hot corner in what will be just his second playoff start, while Kinsler will swap in for Brock Holt and the right-handed Vázquez will catch Price in place of the switch-hitting Sandy Leon.

Game 1 is scheduled to begin at 7:09 PM EDT.

Max Scherzer: ‘There’s no reason to engage with MLB in any further compensation reductions’

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MLBPA player representative Max Scherzer sent out a short statement late Wednesday night regarding the ongoing negotiations between the owners and the union. On Tuesday, ownership proposed a “sliding scale” salary structure on top of the prorated pay cuts the players already agreed to back in March. The union rejected the proposal, with many worrying that it would drive a wedge in the union’s constituency.

Scherzer is one of eight players on the MLBPA executive subcommittee along with Andrew Miller, Daniel Murphy, Elvis Andrus, Cory Gearrin, Chris Iannetta, James Paxton, and Collin McHugh.

Scherzer’s statement:

After discussing the latest developments with the rest of the players there’s no reason to engage with MLB in any further compensation reductions. We have previously negotiated a pay cut in the version of prorated salaries, and there’s no justification to accept a 2nd pay cut based upon the current information the union has received. I’m glad to hear other players voicing the same viewpoint and believe MLB’s economic strategy would completely change if all documentation were to become public information.

Indeed, aside from the Braves, every other teams’ books are closed, so there has been no way to fact-check any of the owners’ claims. Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts, for example, recently said that 70 percent of the Cubs’ revenues come from “gameday operations” (ticket sales, concessions, etc.). But it went unsubstantiated because the Cubs’ books are closed. The league has only acknowledged some of the union’s many requests for documentation. Without supporting evidence, Ricketts’ claim, like countless others from team executives, can only be taken as an attempt to manipulate public sentiment.

Early Thursday morning, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the MLBPA plans to offer a counter-proposal to MLB in which the union would suggest a season of more than 100 games and fully guaranteed prorated salaries. It seems like the two sides are quite far apart, so it may take longer than expected for them to reach an agreement.