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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.

Bryce Harper is on paternity leave

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Several years ago, Bryce Harper made news when it was revealed that he thought the word “meme” was pronounced “may-may.” That may be my favorite Bryce Harper moment ever.

As it was announced by the Phillies a little while ago that Harper has been placed on paternity leave, I’m wondering if he pronounces the word “baby” “bébé.”

I wouldn’t think less of him if he did, actually. One of my favorite people in the world does that.

Anyway, congratulations to Bryce Harper on becoming a dad. And it’s good news not just for him but for the Phillies and their fans as well. Why? Because as Bill noted earlier this week, Harper seems to hit better when he’s being taunted and mocked. For now that’s not very important, as the child won’t be talking for some time. As a father of teenagers, I can tell you that eventually the little monsters live to disrespect their dear old dads. If Harper’s current motivational patterns hold, by the time that kid is ten Harper will be winning the dang Triple Crown every year.

But again, congratulations to the Harpers.