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Brewers, Dodgers announce lineups for NLCS Game 4

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Here are the lineups for Game 4 of the NLCS between the Brewers and Dodgers, slated for a 9:09 PM ET start at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night.

Brewers

CF Lorenzo Cain
RF Christian Yelich
LF Ryan Braun
1B Jesús Aguilar
3B Mike Moustakas
2B Jonathan Schoop
C Manny Piña
SS Orlando Arcia
P Gio González

Piña is back behind the dish after Erik Kratz started Games 2 and 3. Schoop, facing a lefty, will get his first start of the postseason after being inserted in the middle of the first two contests of the NLDS against the Rockies. All eyes will understandably be on MVP candidate Yelich, but Arcia has quietly been an offensive threat. He has hit safely in five of six playoff games thus far and has homered in three of them, including the last two games against the Dodgers.

Dodgers

LF Chris Taylor
3B Justin Turner
1B David Freese
SS Manny Machado
2B Brian Dozier
CF Enrique Hernández
RF Yasiel Puig
C Austin Barnes
P Rich Hill

The Dodgers put together their righty-heavy lineup against the lefty starter. Taylor, Freese, Dozier, Puig, and Barnes all move into the lineup. Barnes’ inclusion, however, has a lot to do with the poor performance of Yasmani Grandal in Game 3. Grandal allowed his third passed ball of the NLCS on Monday as well as a wild pitch. Additionally, Grandal hasn’t been bringing much with the bat. Manager Dave Roberts is hoping Barnes will help shake things up.

Report: Yankees could be in on Nolan Arenado

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The Yankees appear to have moved on from free agent Manny Machado this winter, but could they be turning their attention to Rockies superstar Nolan Arenado? That’s the idea floated by Andy Martino of SNY, who hears that GM Brian Cashman has been involved in recent discussions concerning the third baseman. No official comments have been made to the press yet, though, and it’s not clear whether the Yankees would prefer to pursue Arenado prior to the 2019 season or partway through it.

The 27-year-old infielder earned his fourth consecutive All-Star nomination, Silver Slugger, and Gold Glove award in 2018 after slashing .297/.374/.561 with 38 home runs, a .935 OPS, and 5.7 fWAR across 673 plate appearances. There’s no question he’s provided immense value to Colorado’s lineup over the last half-decade, and his consistency and incredible power at the plate helped form the basis of the record $30 million arbitration figure he presented to the team last week. The Rockies countered at $24 million, however, and in doing so may have jeopardized their chances of convincing the infielder to forego free agency in 2020 and take a long-term deal instead.

Assuming he declines to negotiate an extension with the Rockies, Arenado’s decorated résumé and career-best 2018 numbers should attract plenty of interest around the league — a reality that could put considerable pressure on the Yankees (or any other interested party) to finesse a deal sooner rather than later. For now, the club is prepared to enter the 2019 season with hot-hitting third baseman Miguel Andújar, whom Martino speculates would be the “centerpiece” of any trade with Colorado.