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Royals, Mets stay course with Game 5 lineups

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Hoping to turn the tide and hold off the Royals in Game 5 of the World Series tonight (8 p.m. ET game time on FOX) at Citi Field, Mets manager Terry Collins is sticking with nearly the same lineup he used in Games 3 and 4, the only difference being right-hander Matt Harvey starting on the mound and batting ninth. Kansas City is also going with essentially the same lineup from Game 4 as it looks to clinch its first World Series title since 1985. Starter Edinson Volquez is the only change, batting ninth.

New York managed three runs on six hits in the 5-3 loss in Game 4 on Saturday, putting the club down 3-1 in the Fall Classic. The Mets have trailed a postseason series 3-1 twice before: The 1999 National League Championship Series, which they lost in six games to the Braves, and the 2000 World Series, which they lost in five games to the Yankees.

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Hoping to turn the tide and hold off the Royals in Game 5 of the World Series tonight (8 p.m. ET game time on FOX) at Citi Field, Mets manager Terry Collins is sticking with nearly the same lineup he used in Games 3 and 4, the only difference being right-hander Matt Harvey starting on the mound and batting ninth. Kansas City is also going with essentially the same lineup from Game 4 as it looks to clinch its first World Series title since 1985. Starter Edinson Volquez is the only change, batting ninth.

New York managed three runs on six hits in the 5-3 loss in Game 4 on Saturday, putting the club down 3-1 in the Fall Classic. The Mets have trailed a postseason series 3-1 twice before: The 1999 National League Championship Series, which they lost in six games to the Braves, and the 2000 World Series, which they lost in five games to the Yankees.

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Shortstop Alcides Escobar, hitting .375 this postseason, once again leads off for the Royals, while Salvador Perez is hitting sixth and enters Game 5 batting .412 in the Fall Classic. Volquez, who started Game 1 on Monday and later found out his father died, takes the mound after mourning his dad in the Dominican Republic.

Video: WS2015 Gm5: Volquez on pitching Game 5 after tragedy

Royals lineup
1. Alcides Escobar, SS
2. Ben Zobrist, 2B
3. Lorenzo Cain, CF
4. Eric Hosmer, 1B
5. Mike Moustakas, 3B
6. Salvador Perez, C
7. Alex Gordon, LF
8. Alex Rios, RF
9. Edinson Volquez, P

Mets lineup
1. Curtis Granderson, RF
2. David Wright, 3B
3. Daniel Murphy, 2B
4. Yoenis Cespedes, CF
5. Lucas Duda, 1B
6. Travis d'Arnaud, C
7. Michael Conforto, LF
8. Wilmer Flores, SS
9. Matt Harvey, P

Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak.

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