Here’s the Giants’ lineup for Game 5 of the NLCS tonight against Roy Halladay:
1. Andres Torres, CF
2. Freddy Sanchez, 2B
3. Aubrey Huff, 1B
4. Buster Posey, C
5. Pat Burrell, LF
6. Cody Ross, RF
7. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
8. Juan Uribe, SS
9. Tim Lincecum, P
Despite facing a right-hander last night and tonight, Bruce Bochy has made several changes to the Giants’ lineup for Game 5. Torres and Uribe are back in after being benched for Aaron Rowand and Edgar Renteria in Game 4, with Torres taking Renteria’s leadoff spot and Uribe replacing Rowand in front of the pitcher.
Bochy started Mike Fontenot at third base against Halladay in Game 1 of the series, but has opted to go with Sandoval at the hot corner this time around after he delivered a key hit last night.
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: