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Nationals, Cardinals lineups for NLCS Game 2

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The Nationals kicked off the National League Championship Series with a strong performance from Aníbal Sánchez on Friday night, shutting out the Cardinals 2-0 as they claimed a 1-0 lead in the series. On Saturday, they’ll try to spin that into a two-game lead behind Max Scherzer, who currently owns a 2.77 ERA across three postseason outings so far this fall.

For the most part, the Nationals aren’t going to mess with the lineup that defended Sánchez’s near no-hitter. Michael A. Taylor has been bumped down in the lineup, while Yan Gomes has been moved to the bench as Kurt Suzuki returns from a hit-by-pitch:

  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. Kurt Suzuki (R) C
  9. Max Scherzer (R) P

The Cardinals will stick with the same configuration for Game 2, though they’re hoping for a drastically different outcome this time around. Wainwright is scheduled to take the mound for his second start of the playoffs, following an NLDS Game 3 loss in which he pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings of two-walk, eight-strikeout ball against the Braves.

  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. Adam Wainwright (R) P

Game 2 of the NLCS is scheduled for 4:08 PM EDT.

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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