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Pirates place Jameson Taillon on 10-day injured list

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Right-hander Jameson Taillon has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right elbow flexor strain, the Pirates announced Saturday. In corresponding moves, outfielder Pablo Reyes was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis and infielder/outfielder Kevin Newman was reinstated from the IL after rehabbing a laceration on his right middle finger. The club also selected the contract of left-handed reliever Tylor Lyons, though they have yet to clear a spot for him on the 40-man roster.

Although the Pirates haven’t determined the extent of Taillon’s injury or revealed a timetable for his return, it’s certainly distressing news for the righty. (After the team announcement, Nubyjas Wilborn of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette added that Taillon may be kept off the mound for four weeks or longer.) He underwent Tommy John surgery back in 2014, but has remained relatively injury-free in the years following the procedure. It’s not clear exactly when he sustained the flexor strain or how long he’s been pitching through it, if at all.

So far in 2019, the 27-year-old starter is 2-3 in seven starts with a 4.10 ERA, 1.9 BB/9, and 7.2 SO/9 through 37 1/3 innings. He’s coming off of a banner year with Pittsburgh in 2018, one that saw a career-best 3.20 ERA, 3.46 FIP, and 3.8 fWAR through 32 starts and 191 innings for the team. A rotation replacement for Taillon has not been formally announced.

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.

Nationals

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.

Astros

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.