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Matt Chapman replaces Christian Yelich in Home Run Derby

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Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman will replace Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich in the Home Run Derby, Major League Baseball announced on Sunday.

Yelich, 27, has been bothered by back spasms at times this season. Evidently they have been bad enough recently to keep him out of the Home Run Derby. Yelich was the No. 1 seed, set to square off against Blue Jays third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Yelich, the reigning NL MVP, goes into the All-Star break batting .329/.433/.707 with a MLB-best total of 31 home runs along with 67 RBI.

Chapman, 26, entered Sunday’s action batting .265/.353/.534 with 21 home runs and 52 RBI across 388 trips to the plate. Now in his third season, this will be Chapman’s first appearance in the Home Run Derby.

The other first-round match-ups will see Pete Alonso (2) against Carlos Santana (7), Josh Bell (3) against Ronald Acuña Jr. (6), and Alex Bregman (4) against Joc Pederson (5).

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.