NLCS Game 2 lineups: Giants vs. Phillies


The lineups are in for Game 2 of the NLCS, set for Sunday evening at 8:00pm ET.


  • CF Andres Torres
  • 2B Freddy Sanchez
  • 1B Aubrey Huff
  • C Buster Posey
  • LF Pat Burrell
  • SS Juan Uribe
  • 3B Mike Fontenot
  • RF Cody Ross
  • SP Jonathan Sanchez


  • CF Shane Victorino
  • 2B Chase Utley
  • 3B Placido Polanco
  • 1B Ryan Howard
  • RF Jayson Werth
  • SS Jimmy Rollins
  • LF Raul Ibanez
  • C Carlos Ruiz
  • SP Roy Oswalt

The Giants are trotting out the same batting order, and again Pablo Sandoval is sitting.  He’s just 1-for-6 this postseason and posted miserable numbers over the last couple months of the regular season.  Oh, and his defense has been a problem.

The Phillies did make a few changes.  Polanco and Utley were flipped because left-hander Jonathan Sanchez will be on the mound for San Francisco.  Jimmy Rollins, who led off during Game 1 of the Phils’ sweep of the Reds in the NLDS, will again bat sixth.  He’s been in that spot now for four straight games because of his ongoing struggles at the plate.

Danny Duffy exits spring training game with left shoulder tightness

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Royals’ Opening Day starter Danny Duffy weathered a minor scare during Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. The left-hander was removed from his final spring training start after experiencing some left shoulder tightness in the second and third innings. No lasting damage appears to have been done — Duffy told reporters that he simply felt a slight ache, nothing more — and it looks like he’ll remain on track to open the season with the team next Thursday.

The 29-year-old southpaw is coming off one of his best performances to date. Despite losing a few weeks to an oblique strain and elbow soreness, he went 9-10 in 24 starts and finished the 2017 season with a 3.81 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 146 1/3 innings. While Duffy entered camp with a clean bill of health, he struggled to execute against his spring training opponents and racked up 13 runs, four homers, seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings of Cactus League play.

The Royals are scheduled to kick off their home opener against the White Sox on Thursday, March 29 at 4:15 PM ET. Barring any further complications with his shoulder, Duffy will take the mound for the Royals, while James Shields is expected to make his first Opening Day appearance for the White Sox.