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James Paxton tosses four hitless innings in return from IL

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The Yankees activated lefty James Paxton from the 10-day injured list to make Wednesday afternoon’s start against the Padres. It went well, to say the least. Paxton held the Padres hitless over four innings, walking two and striking out seven on 66 pitches.

On offense, DJ LeMahieu, Giovany Urshela, Gleyber Torres, and Luke Voit each went yard. Once Paxton was out of the game, Chad Green, Adam Ottavino, Jonathan Holder, and Nestor Cortes Jr. combined for five scoreless innings as the Yankees went on to win 7-0. The Rays, who play tonight, entered Wednesday just one game behind the Yankees for first place in the AL East.

Paxton, 30, went on the IL on May 4 due to inflammation in his left knee. He lasted only three innings in his May 3 outing against the Twins. Following Wednesday’s start, Paxton now holds a 2.81 ERA with a 59/15 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings. The Yankees are certainly happy to have him back.

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.