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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.

Mike Leake loses perfect game bid on leadoff single in the ninth

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Just one week after Taylor Cole and Felix Peña tossed a combined no-hitter against Seattle, Mariners right-hander Mike Leake worked on his own perfect game through eight innings against the Angels.

It was an ambitious form of revenge, and one that Leake served up perfectly as he held the Angels scoreless in frame after frame. He sprinkled a handful of strikeouts throughout the first eight innings, catching Matt Thaiss on a called strike three in the third and getting two whiffs — called strikeouts against both Brian Goodwin and Shohei Ohtani — in the fourth.

The Mariners, meanwhile, put up a good fight against the Angels, backing Leake’s attempt with 10 runs — their first double-digit total since a 13-3 rout of the Orioles on June 23. Daniel Vogelbach led things off in the fourth with a three-run homer off of reliever Jaime Barria, then repeated the feat with another three-run shot off Barria in the fifth. Tom Murphy and J.P. Crawford helped pad the lead as well with a two-RBI single and two-RBI double, respectively.

In the ninth, with just three outs remaining, the Angels finally managed to break through. Luis Rengifo worked a 1-1 count against Leake, then returned an 85.3-m.p.h. changeup to right field for a base hit, dismantling the perfecto and the no-hitter in one fell swoop. Leake lost control of the ball following the hit, issuing four straight balls to Kevan Smith in the next at-bat and giving the Angels their first runner in scoring position. Still at a pitch count of just 90, however, he induced the next two outs in quick fashion and polished off the win with a triumphant eight-pitch strikeout against Mike Trout for the first one-hitter (and Maddux) of his career.

Had Leake successfully closed out the perfecto, it would’ve been the first of his decade-long career in the majors and the first the Mariners had seen since Félix Hernández’s perfect game against the Rays in August 2012. For their part, the Angels have yet to be on the losing end of a perfecto. The last time they were shut out in a no-hitter was 1999, at the hands of then-Twins pitcher Eric Milton.