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.

Colin Poche, Rays go to arbitration just $125,000 apart

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Reliever Colin Poche went to salary arbitration with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday with the sides just $125,000 apart.

The gap between the $1.3 million the pitcher asked for and the $1,175,000 the team offered was the smallest among the 33 players who exchanged proposed arbitration figures last month. The case was heard by John Woods, Jeanne Vonhof and Walt De Treux, who will hold their decision until later this month.

A 29-year-old left-hander, Poche had Tommy John surgery on July 29, 2020, and returned to the major leagues last April 22 after six appearances at Triple-A Durham. Poche was 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA and seven saves in 65 relief appearances for the Rays. He struck out 64 and walked 22 in 58 2/3 innings.

Poche had a $707,800 salary last year.

Tampa Bay went to arbitration on Monday with reliever Ryan Thompson, whose decision also is being held until later this month. He asked for $1.2 million and the Rays argued for $1 million.

Rays right-hander Jason Adam and outfielder Harold Ramirez remain scheduled for hearings.

Players and teams have split four decisions thus far. All-Star pitcher Max Fried ($13.5 million) lost to Atlanta and reliever Diego Castillo ($2.95 million) was defeated by Seattle, while pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Marlins.

A decision also is pending for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Eighteen additional players are eligible for arbitration and hearings are scheduled through Feb. 17. Among the eligible players is Seattle utilityman Dylan Moore, who has a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.