ALDS Game 5 lineups: Rangers versus Rays

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Here are the starting lineups for tonight’s Game 5 of the ALDS:

   TAMPA BAY RAYS                 TEXAS RANGERS
1. Jason Bartlett, SS          1. Elvis Andrus, SS
2. Ben Zobrist, RF             2. Michael Young, 3B
3. Carl Crawford, LF           3. Josh Hamilton, CF
4. Evan Longoria, 3B           4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH
5. Carlos Pena, 1B             5. Nelson Cruz, LF
6. B.J. Upton, CF              6. Ian Kinsler, 2B
7. Dan Johnson, DH             7. Jeff Francoeur, RF
8. Kelly Shoppach, C           8. Bengie Molina, C
9. Sean Rodriguez, 2B          9. Mitch Moreland, 1B

Both teams have made some changes compared to the Game 1 lineups. Texas has benched Jorge Cantu in favor of Mitch Moreland at first base. Tampa Bay has replaced Rocco Baldelli with Dan Johnson at designated hitter while moving Ben Zobrist into the No. 2 spot and sliding B.J. Upton back into the No. 6 spot.
Josh Hamilton and Moreland are the only left-handed batters in the lineup against lefty David Price, while lefty bats Carl Crawford, Carlos Pena, and Johnson are in there versus southpaw Cliff Lee.

Brewers place Eric Thames on disabled list with torn UCL in left thumb

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On Wednesday, the Brewers placed first baseman Eric Thames on the 10-day disabled list with a torn UCL in his left thumb. In a corresponding roster move, the Brewers recalled pitcher Brandon Woodruff from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Thames, 31, exited Tuesday’s game against the Royals before the bottom of the ninth inning. After the game, manager Craig Counsell expressed concern about his thumb. As MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports, Brewers GM David Stearns says that surgery is likely but not definite, but that he expects Thames to be back for a “significant” portion of the 2018 season.

Thames was hitting quite well for the Brewers, owning a .250/.351/.625 triple-slash line along with seven home runs and 13 RBI in 74 plate appearances. Jesus Aguilar should handle first base while Thames is out. Ryan Braun could also see some action at first base.