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ARLINGTON Wade Boggs Jersey , Texas (AP) — With slugger Joey Gallo healthy, the Texas Rangers plan to start the season with eighortened bench for new manager Chris Woodward.They just have to decide who will be that eighth reliever.Texas claimed right-hander Kyle Dowdy on waivers from the New York Mets on Tuesday, and the Rule 5 draft pick will have to stay on the big league roster. That leaves right-handers Connor Sadzeck and Adrian Sampson and lefty Kyle Bird the likely contenders for the Rangers final roster spot.“They all bring something unique to the table. There’s good reasons to keep each,” general manager Jon Daniels said after the Rangers beat Cleveland 5-4 in the final spring training game for both teams. “We’ve just got to talk through it some more. Most likely it will be one of those guys.”Sadzeck, who is out of roster options, is the only one who pitched Tuesday. He struck out two in his only inning.Cleveland starter Mike Clevinger allowed four runs (two earned) in three innings. He walked two, struck out five and gave up a three-run homer to Nomar Mazara, his first homer of the spring.“I don’t know if because he was in a stadium, it looked like he was a little over-amped, but the ball’s coming out great,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “Early on, he wasn’t commanding his breaking ball (but) as he got into it , he started to do that better. I think he’s situated to have a good, solid year.”Rangers lefty newcomer Drew Smyly, who missed the last two seasons after Tommy John surgery, allowed three runs in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked three.The 26-year-old Dowdy was 9-12 with a 5.15 ERA last season split between Double-A and Triple-A.Texas feels comfortable going with eight relievers since Gallo, coming off consecutive 40-homer seasons, played the past two games without any issues after dealing with a strained right groin during spring training.FINAL OUTCOMEThe Rangers took advantage of an experimental rule designed to limit extended extra-inning games.Franklin Rollin singled home Zack Granite, who had been placed on second base to start the bottom of the ninth inning as part of a rule change implemented in spring training games this season. Granite stole third base and jogged home on Rollin’s liner to left.The rule was used in the minor leagues last season beginning in the 10th inning, and it will also apply to this year’s All-Star Game. During spring training, the automatic baserunner was put in play beginning with the ninth inning, so long as both teams agreed. The rule will not be used during the regular season.Rangers closer Jose Leclerc retired three batters on fly balls, stranding the runner placed on second, when pitching the top of the ninth.ROSTER MOVESDaniels said the Rangers would option Granite to Triple-A Nashville and release veteran outfielder Ben Revere. Texas still has to purchase the contracts of outfielder Hunter Pence Pedro Martinez Jersey , utility infielder Logan Forsythe and right-hander Jeanmar Gomez.TRAINER’S ROOMIndians: Francona said 3B Jose Ramirez (left knee contusion) will meet the team in Minnesota on Wednesday appears set to be in the opening day lineup after working out in Arizona. He fouled a pitch off his knee in a game Sunday. … SS Francisco Lindor (strained right calf) had a home run and four RBIs in a minor league spring training game Monday. He also played eight innings in the field.UP NEXTIndians: Play at Minnesota on Thursday. RHP Corey Kluber (20-7, 2.89 in 2018) will be the first Cleveland pitcher to make five straight opening day starts since Hall of Famer Stan Coveleski in 1921.Rangers: Host the Cubs in the season opener on Thursday. LHP Mike Minor (12-8, 4.18) starts for Texas. ATLANTA (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers put left fielder Chris Taylor in the leadoff position and sat Yasiel Puig as manager Dave Roberts adjusted his lineup to face Atlanta Braves left-hander Sean Newcomb in Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Sunday night.The right-handed hitting Taylor is taking the spot of the left-handed hitting Joc Pederson in the lineup.Another right-handed hitter, David Freese, is playing first base instead of Max Muncy and hitting third. Also, Matt Kemp is taking the place of Puig in right field and hitting fifth.Kemp, who played for the Braves in 2016-17, hit 11 homers in 183 at-bats against left-handers. He hit 10 homers in 279 at-bats against right-handers. Freese hit .321 against left-handers and .273 against right-handers.“To get Kemp, Freese, Taylor back involved against a starter like Newcomb, I think it gives us the best chance to win,” Roberts said.Braves manager Brian Snitker said the lineup moves reflect the depth of the Dodgers’ bench.“It just goes to the depth of their team when you can do that Hanley Ramirez Jersey ,” Snitker said. “I mean, they have five guys on their bench that could be everyday players for a lot of teams. And the fact that they can just flip a whole lineup like that again shows the depth and the quality of club that they have.”Roberts said the depth helped keep his players fresh through a long season.“The versatility lends itself to overcoming 162 games … and keeps guys sharp mentally and physically,” Roberts said.Newcomb is starting ahead of veteran right-hander Kevin Gausman, who will be available in the bullpen. Newcomb nearly pitched a no-hitter against Los Angeles in July, and the Dodgers have beaten right-handers in the first two games of the series.The Braves are staying with rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. as their leadoff hitter but Snitker is moving Ender Inciarte into the No. 2 spot. Third baseman Johan Camargo, who hit second in Game 2, is hitting fifth.Otherwise, the Braves’ lineup remains unchanged.The Dodgers lead the best-of-five series 2-0. The Braves must win to force a Game 4 on Monday.

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