It’s win or stay home for the New York Yankees. It’s win and go home to host Game 1 of the World Series for the Houston Astros.
If the Yankees are to stay alive they’ll have to do, basically, everything better than they have for the past three games. They’ll need James Paxton to keep the Astros’ bats at bay. They’ll definitely have to field better than they did in last night’s ugly game. They’ll also have to remember how to smash the baseball, which is what helped them win 103 games on the year. To find that smash they’ve turned to a guy who hasn’t been around much in 2019: Giancarlo Stanton.
Stanton has not seen action since Game 1 of the ALCS and only played in 18 games all season long. He’s at DH tonight, however, and Edwin Encarnación is on the bench after going a 1-for-15 in the first four games of the series:
1. DJ LeMahieu (R) 1B
2. Aaron Judge (R) RF
3. Gleyber Torres (R) 2B
4. Giancarlo Stanton (R) DH
5. Aaron Hicks (S) CF
6. Gary Sánchez (R) C
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS
8. Gio Urshela (R) 3B
9. Brett Gardner (L) LF
The Astros will rely on Justin Verlander‘s mighty arm. And these mighty bats:
1. George Springer (R) RF
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. Robinson Chirinos (R) C
9. Jake Marisnick (R) CF
The game gets underway at 7:08 PM Eastern, broadcast on FS1. Be there or be square.
CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Nevada Senate adjourned Thursday without voting on a financing bill for a proposed $1.5 billion Las Vegas Strip stadium for the Oakland Athletics, extending the special legislative session into the next week amid negotiations over whether to contribute $380 million in public funding to the project.
The measure can still be amended by lawmakers, and if it passes the Senate it would still need approval from the Assembly before going to the desk of Republican Gov. Joe Lombardo, who has expressed support for it. Both the state Senate and Assembly are adjourned until Monday.
In a hearing that began Wednesday and stretched into the early morning hours Thursday, lawmakers peppered tourism officials and a representative from a firm partnering with the ball club with questions about the feasibility and benefits of financing such a deal.
Public funds for the stadium would mainly come from $180 million in transferable tax credits and $120 million in county bonds. Backers have pledged that the creation of a special tax district around the proposed stadium would generate enough money to pay off those bonds and interest. The plan would not directly raise taxes.
The A’s would not owe property taxes for the publicly owned stadium. Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, would also contribute $25 million in credit toward infrastructure costs.
A’s representatives and some tourism officials say a deal would further grow Las Vegas’ developing sports scene and act as an economic engine, but a growing chorus of economists and some lawmakers warn that the project would bring minimal benefits for the hefty public price tag.