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Blue Jays acquire Nick Kingham from Pirates


The Blue Jays announced on Thursday that the club acquired pitcher Nick Kingham from the Pirates in exchange for cash considerations. To make room for Kingham on the 40-man roster, the Jays transferred injured pitcher Ryan Tepera to the 60-day injured list.

The Pirates designated Kingham, 27, for assignment on Saturday after the right-hander allowed 38 runs in 54 hits and 17 walks with 32 strikeouts across 34 2/3 innings. Kingham opened the season in the bullpen but made three starts in May and made another start on June 1 as well.

With the 24-43 Jays’ fate already sealed, the club values Kingham for his ability to eat up innings — either as a starter or as a reliever — more than his production this year.

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.