Meals to work ALCS

NEW YORK (AP) — Salem’s Jerry Meals will be a part of the American League Championship Series umpiring crew.

Meals will be serving under crew chief Gary Cederstrom Major League Baseball announced Thursday.

The ALCS begins Friday night when the New York Yankees visit the Houston Astros, and the NLCS starts Saturday at Dodger Stadium when Los Angeles hosts either Washington or the Chicago Cubs.

Mike Winters will handle crew chief the duties for the NLCS.

Joining Cederstrom and Meals on the ALCS crew will be Mark Carlson, Chad Fairchild, Chris Guccione, Jim Reynolds and Hunter Wendelstedt.

The NLCS crew includes Lance Barksdale, Eric Cooper, Alfonso Marquez, Todd Tichenor, Bill Welke and Jim Wolf.

Carlson and Cooper will be the replay officials for the first two games in their series. After that, Fairchild and Barksdale will move from the field to the replay center.

MLB umpire Mike Muchlinski will be the replay assistant through both series.

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