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Clayton Kershaw to start World Series Game 5

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While the Red Sox and Dodgers await the results of World Series Game 4 this evening, left-hander Clayton Kershaw has already been penciled in to start Game 5 of the series on Sunday night.

Kershaw made a brief appearance during Game 3 on Friday, albeit not on the mound. The Los Angeles ace was inserted as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 17th inning and saw four pitches from Boston’s Nathan Eovaldi before lining out to right field. He hasn’t pitched a proper postseason game since Game 1 of the World Series, however, when he tossed four innings of five-run, five-strikeout ball in an 8-4 loss to the Red Sox.

While Kershaw’s lone World Series outing was also his worst this postseason, he’s proven more than capable of replicating the kind of All-Star results the Dodgers have come to expect from him during the regular season. He hurled eight shutout innings in a dominant Game 2 performance during the NLDS and put away the Brewers with seven frames of one-run ball in Game 5 of the NLCS. With the Dodgers looking to gain the upper hand in the World Series this weekend, it remains to be seen whether he can deliver similar results once again.

The Red Sox, meanwhile, announced their decision to send left-hander Eduardo Rodríguez to the mound for a Game 4 start. Who they go to for Game 5 will largely depend on how much of a role the bullpen plays on Saturday, with starter Drew Pomeranz expected to pick up a few innings after Rodríguez finishes his outing. The way things currently stand, Chris Sale seems like a natural choice for Sunday’s matchup as he did not appear during Game 3’s 18-inning marathon and will be approaching his next start on at least four days of rest.

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.