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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.

And That Happened: Thursday’s Scores and Highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Diamondbacks 4, Braves 1: 🎶Stop me, oh-oh-oh, stop me . . .stop me if you think that you’ve heard this one before . . .🎶

Sorry. Just waylaid by this Braves bullpen. Nothing’s changed. It’s enough to make a shy, bald, Buddhist reflect and plan a mass murder. Me watching the game: 🎶 I drank one. It became four. And when I fell on the floor I drank more.🎶

Christian Walker hit a two-run homer in the seventh off of Chad Sobotka, who, didn’t get an out and who has given up five runs in his last two outings. The Diamondbacks have won four straight.

Nationals 4, Giants 2: Patrick Corbin took a one-hitter into the eighth inning and ended having allowed only one run on two hits while punching out nine. Not literally, though. If he punched out nine guys he’d probably be arrested.

Tigers 9, White Sox 7: Detroit ends a five-game skid. Nicholas Castellanos and Miguel Cabrera led the way, with the former going 3-for-4, the latter 2-for-4 and both driving in two runs. Dustin Peterson and Grayson Greiner also each drove in two, but they don’t get to be characterized as “leading the way” because baseball has a pretty strict seniority system and if you get too loosey-goosey with it you got a big hassle with the union and I’ve already had too many fires to put out this week, OK?

Blue Jays 7, Twins 4: Randal Grichuk, who got all “play the game the right way” on Tim Anderson on Wednesday, hit a homer. After which he gently laid his bat down parallel to the base line, assumed an expression which suggested mild pleasure but copious humility and then stoically ran the bases at a speed which reflected his obvious reverence for players past, present and future. I’m assuming at least.

Here’s what he actually said:

“I’ve never been one to flip a bat or do anything like that. I run out of the box always. I’ve hit some pretty far homers and I’ve sprinted out of the box like it was a wall-scraper. It’s just who I am. (Other) guys are different.”

Someone give that guy the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Justin Smoak and Teoscar Hernández hit home runs too. No word on whether Grichuk silently judged them afterwards. The Jays took three of four from the Twinkies.

Royals 6, Yankees 1: Homer Bailey — Homer Bailey? — yes, Homer Bailey held the Bombers to one run over six. Jorge Soler and Ryan O'Hearn hit dingers. New York got four singles in the game. That’s it. I guess with the Red Sox and Cubs being off someone had to step up and satisfy the “big money teams stinkin’ up the joint” quota for the evening.

Dodgers 3, Brewers 1: Before the game Dave Roberts announced that Julio Urías would head to the bullpen after this start since the Dodgers will soon be getting a couple of veteran pitchers back. Then Urías goes out and tosses six one-hit shutout innings while striking out nine. There are teams that would kill to have the sort of depth that would allow this kid to be shuffled off to long relief after a start like this. Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy homered in a winning cause. Christian Yelich homered in a losing cause.

Orioles 6, Rays 5: Joey Rickard drove in the winning run in the 11th inning with an RBI double. To even get him up to bat required Chris Davis to hit a two-out RBI single, and I wonder what the odds of that happening were. RIckard himself was no sure bet to play the hero here after coming into the game on an 0-for-15 skid, but he reached base five times and drove in two on the night. Dude used to be a Ray, too. Or at least in their system. Baltimore swiped him from Tampa Bay in the 2015 Rule 5 Draft. Here’s another killer for the Rays: Tommy Pham, who was 4-for-5 with two driven in, was on second base with one out in the bottom of the ninth and the score tied but . . . got picked off while trying to steal third base. Ouch.

Rockies 6, Phillies 2: Ryan McMahon homered twice and had five RBI. Kyle Freeland pitched six scoreless innings but had to leave with a blister, so that’s worth watching. Colorado was won four in a row.

Mariners 11, Angels 10: The M’s had a 10-2 lead heading into the seventh and totally blew it when the Angels scored seven runs on seven hits in the seventh and got a David Fletcher homer in the eighth to tie things up. Seattle rallied in the ninth, though, with pinch hitter Jay Bruce singing in Mitch Haniger for the winning margin. Before all of that messiness the M’s bottom of the order, in the form of Omar Narváez and Ryon Healy, combined to drive in nine. Healy homered twice. Narváez hit a three-run shot. Speaking of shot, all the pitchers in this one probably should’ve been.

Reds 4, Padres 1: Joey Votto led off in this came, which was odd, and he hit a homer to start the game. Padres starter Chris Paddack said after the game that he “thought I could blow a heater by him.” Bless his heart. Fernando Tatís Jr. led off too, which is also new, and went 2-for-4. Tucker Barnhart and Jesse Winker also homered, helping Cincy snap a four-game losing skid.