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ALCS/NLCS Game 4 open thread: Orioles at Royals, Cardinals at Giants

The Orioles need to win to avoid a sweep from the Royals, and the Giants have a 2-1 lead heading into the nightcap against the Cardinals.

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Another league championship doubleheader in store today, beginning with the American League.

ALCS Game 4 - Baltimore Orioles at Kansas City Royals, 1:00 PM, TBS

The Royals seem to be engaging in an innovative strategy:

The Royals can wrap up a series sweep and go 8-0 in this postseason, and run their postseason winning streak to 10 games dating back to Game 6 of the 1985 World Series. The Orioles hope to win their first ALCS game since Game 5 of the 1997 ALCS as we reach the first elimination game of the LCS.

ALCS Game 4 Lineups

Nick Markakis - RF Alcides Escobar - SS
Steve Pearce - 1B Norichika Aoki - RF
Adam Jones - CF Lorenzo Cain - CF
Nelson Cruz - LF Eric Hosmer - 1B
Delmon Young - DH Billy Butler - DH
J.J. Hardy - SS Alex Gordon - LF
Caleb Joseph - C Salvador Perez - C
Ryan Flaherty - 3B Omar Infante - 2B
Jonathan Schoop - 2B Mike Moustakas - 3B
Miguel Gonzalez - RHP Jason Vargas - LHP

NLCS Game 4 - St. Louis Cardinals at San Francisco Giants, 5:00 PM, Fox Sports 1

It has been a close series throughout, with Madison Bumgarner providing the only boring games of the entire postseason with his domination, it seems. Ryan Vogelsong pitches for the Giants against Shelby Miller for the Cardinals.