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Nationals, Cardinals lineups for NLCS Game 1

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The best-of-seven to see who’s World Series bound gets underway in St. Louis tonight.

The visiting Nationals will be down two regulars: Víctor Robles, still bothered by a sore hamstring from way back in Game 2 of the NLDS and Kurt Suzuki who was hit by a pitch on both his wrist and his head in Game 5 the other night. The non-wounded Nats lineup like this:

1. Trea Turner (R) SS
2. Adam Eaton (L) RF
3. Anthony Rendon (R) 3B
4. Juan Soto (L) LF
5. Howie Kendrick (R) 2B
6. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 1B
7. Michael A. Taylor (R) CF
8. Yan Gomes (R) C
9. Anibal Sanchez (R) P

For the Cardinals, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. It’s the same dudes who laid a ten-spot on the Braves in the first inning on Wednesday evening:

1. Dexter Fowler (S) CF
2. Kolten Wong (L) 2B
3. Paul Goldschmidt (R) 1B
4. Marcell Ozuna (R) LF
5. Yadier Molina (R) C
6. Matt Carpenter (L) 3B
7. Tommy Edman (S) RF
8. Paul DeJong (R) SS
9. Miles Mikolas (R) P

Game gets underway at 8:08 PM Eastern.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.

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