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World Series Game 4 lineups

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Following Friday’s seven-hour, 20-minute marathon, the Dodgers and Red Sox are back at it again for Game 4 of the World Series. There’s really no predicting the way this game will break, considering the two clubs combined to use a total of 46 players — the Dodgers’ Rich Hill and Hyun-Jin Ryu and Red Sox’ Drew Pomeranz and Chris Sale were the only members not to appear on the mound (or, like Clayton Kershaw, at the plate) — and will enter tonight’s matchup less-rested than usual.

Here are the lineups:

1. Mookie Betts (R) RF CF
2. Andrew Benintendi (L) LF
3. Steve Pearce (R) 1B
4. J.D. Martinez (R) RF
5. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS
6. Eduardo Núñez (R) 3B
7. Brock Holt (L) 2B
8. Christian Vázquez (R) C
9. Eduardo Rodríguez (L)

On the hill for the Red Sox: Southpaw Eduardo Rodríguez, who will be making the first postseason start of his career. Rodríguez pitched 1/3 of an inning during Game 3 of the World Series, expending just six pitches as he struck out Joc Pederson to end the fifth. Over the course of six relief appearances this fall, the lefty has issued two hits, three runs, and five strikeouts over a cumulative 4 1/3 innings, though the club will be looking for something closer to the 3.82-ERA, 1.265-WHIP numbers he delivered during the regular season as they try to close out their third win of the series.

Alex Cora will utilize a primarily right-handed lineup against the Dodgers’ left-hander. Mookie Betts will shift from right field to center in order to accommodate J.D. Martinez in right and Andrew Benintendi in left field, while first baseman Mitch Moreland and third baseman Rafael Devers will be relegated to the bench in favor of righties Steve Pearce and Eduardo Núñez, respectively. Jackie Bradley Jr. is also expected to sit for the first time since the start of the Red Sox’ postseason run, though he’ll presumably be available to pinch-hit or sub into the outfield if need be.

1. David Freese (R) 1B
2. Max Muncy (L) 2B
3. Justin Turner (R) 3B
4. Manny Machado (R) SS
5. Cody Bellinger (L) CF
6. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
7. Chris Taylor (R) LF
8. Austin Barnes (R) C
9. Rich Hill (L) P

Against Rodríguez, the Dodgers will roll with lefty Rich Hill as planned, as Dave Roberts elected not to start the game with an ‘opener’. Hill made his last playoff start during Game 4 of the NLCS and pitched the Dodgers to victory with five innings of one-run, six-strikeout ball. Behind him, David Freese will bat leadoff and play first base, with game-winner Max Muncy scooting over to second base and swapping places with Justin Turner in the no. 2 spot. Chris Taylor will resume his post in left field as Joc Pederson takes a seat on the bench, while behind the plate, the Dodgers will go to Austin Barnes in place of Yasmani Grandal.

Game 4 will kick off at Dodger Stadium at 8:09 PM EDT.

Report: Yankees acquire Edwin Encarnación from Mariners

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The Mariners are in the midst of reconstructing their roster, a process which most recently resulted in the trade of first baseman/DH Edwin Encarnación to the Yankees, per a report from ESPN’s Jeff Passan. While the teams have yet to publicly confirm the deal, the Mariners are expected to receive pitching prospect Juan Then and will likely eat a significant portion of Encarnación’s salary as well.

Encarnación is a sizable get for the Yankees, who could benefit from the veteran’s power and consistency in their ongoing drive toward the postseason. The 36-year-old infielder missed some time with a bout of lower back tightness, dental issues, and soreness in his left hand, but has still maintained a decent .241/.356/.531 batting line with an AL-best 21 home runs, an .888 OPS, and 1.7 fWAR through his first 289 plate appearances of the year. Per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, Encarnación has another $11-12 million left on his contract in 2019, with a $20 million option for the 2020 season and a $5 million buyout.

Then, 19, was acquired by the Yankees in a three-person trade with the Mariners during the 2017 offseason. The right-hander currently ranks no. 27 in the Yankees’ system and made his last pro ball appearance for New York’s rookie-level affiliate in 2018, pitching to a 2.70 ERA, 2.0 BB/9, and 7.6 SO/9 across 50 innings. It’s not clear if any other players are involved in the trade, though USA Today’s Bob Nightengale notes that no other prospects are thought to be included in the package for Encarnación.