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Diamondbacks acquire Blake Swihart from Red Sox


The Diamondbacks swapped minor league outfielder Marcus Wilson for Red Sox backstop Blake Swihart and international bonus pool money, per announcements from both teams on Friday. Arizona GM Mike Hazen told reporters that the club intends to utilize Swihart at the outfield corners and third base as they try to “get his bat going,” with the expectation that he’ll get a chance to catch again in the future.

Swihart, 27, was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Tuesday. The utility infielder/outfielder got off to a slow start this season, collecting two extra bases in his first hits of the year and batting .231/.310/.385 through 29 plate appearances. He made just six starts behind the plate as the primary backup to Christian Vázquez. It’s likely that he’ll play a similar role in Arizona, where the Diamondbacks already have several options in Carson Kelly, Caleb Joseph, and John Ryan Murphy.

Wilson, 22, was selected by the Diamondbacks in the second round of the 2014 draft and currently ranks no. 7 in their farm system, according to The centerfielder made the jump to Double-A Jackson at the start of the 2019 season and slashed .235/.350/.529 with five extra-base hits and three stolen bases (in four chances) through 40 PA.

Nationals, Astros lineups for World Series Game 2

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The Nationals, believed by oddsmakers to be big underdogs in the World Series against the Astros, won arguably their toughest matchup last night by plating five runs against Gerrit Cole in a 5-4 win in Houston. They’ll take a 1-0 series lead into Wednesday night’s action featuring a duel between Stephen Strasburg and Justin Verlander. Here are the lineups for the two sides.


SS Trea Turner
RF Adam Eaton
3B Anthony Rendon
LF Juan Soto
DH Howie Kendrick
2B Asdrúbal Cabrera
1B Ryan Zimmerman
C Kurt Suzuki
CF Victor Robles

SP Stephen Strasburg

No changes here. Manager Dave Martinez is rolling out the same exact lineup as he had in Game 1.


CF George Springer
2B José Altuve
LF Michael Brantley
3B Alex Bregman
1B Yuli Gurriel
DH Yordan Álvarez
SS Carlos Correa
C Robinson Chirinos
RF Josh Reddick

SP Justin Verlander

Likewise, Astros skipper A.J. Hinch has hardly changed his lineup. The only difference is Chirinos is doing the catching tonight as opposed to Martín Maldonado.

Springer notably did not give maximum effort on an RBI double he hit off of the wall in right-center field, thinking it was a home run. He could’ve had a triple. Springer and Hinch discussed it over the phone late last night, Bleacher Report’s Scott Miller reports. Hinch didn’t seem too concerned about it.