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.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.