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Josh Donaldson suspended one game for role in dust-up with Pirates

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Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday that Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson has been suspended one game for his role in Monday’s benches-emptying dust-up with Joe Musgrove and the Pirates. Donaldson has filed an appeal, which means he can continue to play until the appeal process completes.

In the first inning of Monday’s game, Musgrove grazed Donaldson’s uniform with a fastball. The two exchanged terse words which led to the benches spilling onto the field. Order was restored quickly.

Donaldson, 33, is batting .237/.357/.419 with eight home runs and 25 RBI in 255 plate appearances for the Braves this season. If Donaldson’s suspension is upheld, Johan Camargo would likely get the start at third base in his absence.

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.