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Game 1 starting lineups brings Nationals designated hitter into focus

The Nationals get an extra hitter for the first two games of the World Series. We’ve got a look at their starting lineup and the Astros starting lineup for Game 1.

Washington Nationals player Asdrubal Cabrera hits a sacrifice fly scoring left fielder Juan Soto in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game three of the 2019 NLDS playoff baseball series at Nationals Park. Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Astros and Washington Nationals get the 2019 World Series underway at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening, and earlier in the day, the two squads released their starting lineups. We knew the Astros’ starting pitcher would be Gerrit Cole and the Nationals starting pitcher would be Max Scherzer, but now we get the rest of the starting lineups.

The most notable takeaway is the fact that the Nationals get to use a designated hitter. Washington moved Howie Kendrick from his normal second base spot to DH, and inserted Asdrubal Cabrera into the lineup at second base. Cabrera will hit sixth, bumping Ryan Zimmerman down one spot. Below are the full lineups for

Houston Astros

  1. CF George Springer
  2. 2B Jose Altuve
  3. LF Michael Brantley
  4. 3B Alex Bregman
  5. 1B Yuli Gurriel
  6. SS Carlos Correa
  7. DH Yordan Alvarez
  8. C Martin Maldonado
  9. RF Josh Reddick

Washington Nationals

  1. SS Trea Turner
  2. RF Adam Eaton
  3. 3B Anthony Rendon
  4. LF Juan Soto
  5. DH Howie Kendrick
  6. 2B Asdrubal Cabrera
  7. 1B Ryan Zimmerman
  8. C Kurt Suzuki
  9. CF Victor Robles