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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.

Blake Snell becomes client of Boras Corporation

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Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.

Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”

Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.

Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.