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Astros, Rays lineups for ALDS Game 4

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We took a brief look at the pitching matchup in this game earlierJustin Verlander on short rest versus, oh, maybe seven Rays relievers if necessary — so now let’s see who they’re facing.

No surprise with the Astros apart from a flip-flop of Michael Brantley and José Altuve:

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

For the Rays, Yandy Díaz, who left yesterday’s game with a sore foot, is not surprisingly absent:

1. Austin Meadows (L) LF
2. Tommy Pham (R) DH
3. Ji-Man Choi (L) 1B
4. Avisaíl García (R) RF
5. Brandon Lowe (L) 2B
6. Travis d'Arnaud (R) C
7. Joey Wendle (L) 3B
8. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF
9. Willy Adames (R) SS

Adeiny Hechavarría rejoins Braves on one-year, $1 million deal

Adeiny Hechavarría
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On Thursday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the Braves and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarría reunited on a one-year, $1 million contract.

Hechavarría, 30, began the season with the Mets but was released in mid-August and joined the Braves shortly thereafter. He enjoyed more success in Atlanta, albeit in a smaller sample size. In aggregate, Hechavarría hit .241/.299/.443 with nine home runs and 33 RBI over 221 trips to the plate. More importantly, he provided versatility with above-average defense.

The Braves are banking on Hechavarría doing more of the same in 2020 as a backup infielder. He will spell Ozzie Albies, Dansby Swanson, Johan Camargo, and Austin Riley as needed.