NLCS Game 1 lineups: Giants vs. Phillies


Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the NLCS between the Giants and Phillies, set to begin shortly after 7:30 p.m. ET.

1. Andres Torres, CF              1. Shane Victorino, CF
2. Freddy Sanchez, 2B           2. Placido Polanco, 3B
3. Aubrey Huff, 1B                3. Chase Utley, 2B
4. Buster Posey, C                4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Pat Burrell, LF                5. Jayson Werth, RF
6. Juan Uribe, SS                 6. Jimmy Rollins, SS
7. Mike Fontenot, 3B            7. Raul Ibanez, LF
8. Cody Ross, RF                  8. Carlos Ruiz, C
9. Tim Lincecum, P                9. Roy Halladay, P

Nothing too surprising here, as each manager pretty much sticks with their standard lineup from the first round.

Mike Fontenot gets the start at third base over Pablo Sandoval once again. All things being equal, Sandoval is probably the superior option to Fontenot offensively, but he batted just .208/.266/.299 with four homers, 23 RBI and a 565 OPS away from AT&T park during the regular season. Giants manager Bruce Bochy told Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News that there’s a good chance Sandoval will start at third base later in the series, possibly as soon as tomorrow.

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”

Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.