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Ketel Marte (back) to have MRI

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Diamondbacks star Ketel Marte had to leave last night’s game against the Marlins with back stiffness. Today he’s going to have an MRI. The club is calling it “precautionary.”

While the Dbacks remain on the far fringes of the NL Wild Card race, the biggest impact of Marte missing time would be on the NL MVP race. Marte is definitely in that conversation, having hit .329/.389/.592 with 32 home runs, 92 RBI, 10 stolen bases, and 97 runs this season, all while playing excellent defense at multiple positions.

Marte, along with Cody Bellinger, Anthony Rendon and the done-for-the-season Christian Yelich, will all receive lots of votes.

Nationals, Astros lineups for World Series Game 1

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We’re less than four hours away from the first pitch of the 2019 World Series. We’ve known for a couple of days that it’d be all about Max Scherzer facing Gerrit Cole. As of a few moments ago we know the lineups each of those aces will face:

NATIONALS

1. Trea Turner (R) SS
2. Adam Eaton (L) RF
3. Anthony Rendon (R) 3B
4. Juan Soto (L) LF
5. Howie Kendrick (R) DH
6. Asdrúbal Cabrera (S) 2B
7. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 1B
8. Kurt Suzuki (R) C
9. Víctor Robles (R) CF

As expected, Howie Kendrick gets the nod at DH, which takes Washington’s worst infield glove out of the equation while keeping his bat in play.

ASTROS

1. George Springer (R) CF
2. José Altuve (R) 2B
3. Michael Brantley (L) LF
4. Alex Bregman (R) 3B
5. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B
6. Carlos Correa (R) SS
7. Yordan Álvarez (L) DH
8. Martín Maldonado (R) C
9. Josh Reddick (L) RF

We’re pretty much used to these guys at this point.