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Astros, Nationals lineups for World Series Game 4

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The Nationals couldn’t quite get it done against the Astros in Game 3 of the World Series, which ended 4-1 in Houston’s favor following strong performances from both Zack Greinke and the bullpen. Saturday’s contest could be the turning point for the Astros — who will need to pull off another win to place themselves on even footing with their NL rivals — or it could give the Nationals the edge they need to clinch on Sunday.

Washington will send left-hander Patrick Corbin to the mound on Saturday evening. He’ll be followed by a familiar-looking lineup, sans Asdrúbal Cabrera and an injured Kurt Suzuki:

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. Victor Robles (R) CF
8. Yan Gomes (R) C
9. Patrick Corbin (L) LHP

The Astros, on the other hand, are in a bit of a pickle after utilizing five of their relievers to close out Game 3. They’ll rely on rookie righty José Urquidy, in the hopes that he can handle a slightly longer outing before they have to trot out the bullpen again.

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. Josh Reddick (R) C
8. Jake Marisnick (R) CF
9. José Urquidy (R) RHP

Game 4 is scheduled for 8:07 PM EDT.

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.

Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.

This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.

With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.