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Nathan Eovaldi starting Wednesday, could move to rotation full-time

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Update (11:45 PM EST): Eovaldi was used in relief Tuesday night, so he’s been bumped out of Wednesday’s start. Brian Johnson will start instead. Eovaldi’s status seems to be in a state of flux right now.

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Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi returned from the injured list last month, ticketed for the bullpen. The thought was, given the club’s late-inning woes, Eovaldi might be used as a closer. Despite nine relief appearances since then, he hasn’t appeared in any save situations while allowing eight runs on 16 hits and four walks with 15 strikeouts across 10 2/3 innings.

Eovaldi, now, will start — perhaps “open” is more accurate — on Wednesday against the Indians, per MLB.com’s Ian Browne. Eovaldi will be limited to around 55 pitches, but the start paves the way for him to rebuild his durability for a return to the starting rotation.

Eovaldi underwent surgery in late April to remove loose bodies from his right elbow. He’s in the first year of a four-year, $68 million contract with the Red Sox.

The Red Sox have an opening in the rotation after moving the recently-acquired Andrew Cashner to the bullpen.

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.