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World Series Game 5 lineups

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The Red Sox will try to win their first championship since 2013 by defeating the Dodgers in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night. David Price is scheduled to oppose Clayton Kershaw at Dodger Stadium. Here are the lineups each pitcher will face.

Red Sox

CF Mookie Betts (R)
LF Andrew Benintendi (L)
1B Steve Pearce (R)
RF J.D. Martinez (R)
SS Xander Bogaerts (R)
2B Brock Holt (L)
3B Rafael Devers (L)
C Christian Vázquez (R)
SP David Price (L)

Dodgers

1B David Freese (R)
3B Justin Turner (R)
CF Enrique Hernández (R)
SS Manny Machado (R)
2B Max Muncy (L)
RF Yasiel Puig (R)
LF Chris Taylor (R)
C Austin Barnes (R)
SP Clayton Kershaw (L)

Once again, both teams have stacked their lineups with right-handed batters against the lefty starters. The Red Sox are hoping Mookie Betts can catch fire. He’s batting just .207 in 66 trips to the plate this postseason. He went hitless in Games 3 and 4 of the World Series and is overall hitting just .211 in the Fall Classic.

If the Dodgers are able to stay alive by winning on Sunday night, the two clubs will take Monday off to travel, then play Game 6 on Tuesday in Boston. Game 7, if necessary, would take place on Wednesday.

Reds sign Nicholas Castellanos to a four-year deal

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The Cincinnati Reds have signed outfielder Nicholas Castellanos to a four-year deal worth $64 million. The contract includes opt-outs after both 2020 and 2021, which is certainly good for Castellanos, allowing him to go back out on the market if he has a big year. Odd that the Reds would agree to that, but on an annual basis it’s kind of a bargain for them so you figure that has something to do with it.

With Castellanos in the fold the Reds are going to have a lot of outfielders when they hit Goodyear, Arizona in a couple of weeks, with newcomer Shogo Akiyama, Jesse Winkler, Nick Senzel, Aristides Aquino, Travis Jankowski, Scott Schebler, and Rule 5 draftee Mark Payton already on the roster. Senzel was an infielder before last year, of course, so he could move back to the dirt, perhaps taking over short from Freddy Galvis, who could be dealt. Alternatively, the Reds could trade from their newfound outfield surplus.

Castellanos, however, will have left field to himself. While he’s shaky at best with the glove, he had a breakout year at the plate in 2019, hitting .289/.337/.525 overall (OPS+ 121), but slugging at a blistering .321/.356/.646 pace (OPS+ 151) after being traded from the Tigers to the Cubs. In Chicago — rescued from cavernous Comerica Park — his big doubles power turned into big homer power.

Now that he’ll be playing in hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark one can only imagine the damage he’d do.