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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.

Report: Martinez, Nationals agree to contract extension

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WASHINGTON — Manager Dave Martinez and the Washington Nationals have agreed to work out a contract extension that will keep him in charge of the club beyond next season, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

The person confirmed the news to The Associated Press on Friday on condition of anonymity because no official announcement had been made.

Martinez led the Nationals to the franchise’s first World Series championship in 2019, his second season as the team’s skipper.

When he initially was hired, Martinez signed a three-year deal with a club option for 2021 that had not yet been picked up by the Nationals.

After a title defense slowed by injuries and inconsistency during a 60-game season delayed and shortened by the coronavirus pandemic, Washington was 23-34 and last in the NL East before facing the New York Mets on Friday night.

It’s the second game of a season-ending four-game series at Nationals Park.

Martinez was sporting his World Series ring on his right hand when he spoke to reporters via a video chat before word emerged Friday afternoon of a change to his contract.

“The coaching staff and myself decided to wear it for the last week of the season, so we’ve been wearing it this whole week. It’s kind of cool,” Martinez said about his ring. “Come Sunday, it goes off and goes back in its little shiny box. But it’s kind of nice to look down and look at it.”

Asked earlier in the week whether he would like his up-in-the-air contract status resolved before the season ends, Martinez said his agent and Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo had been discussing the matter.

“I love it here. I don’t see myself going anywhere else,” Martinez said then. “I appreciate the family. I appreciate this organization. We’ve built a special relationship here, so I hope I get a chance to stay for many, many years.”

Then he paused for five seconds before adding: “The sooner, the better, though.”