Alex Rodriguez scratched from lineup for season finale

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The Rays won’t have to contend with Alex Rodriguez tonight.  He’s been scratched due to right knee soreness.

Now the Yankees are trotting out the following lineup in support of Dellin Betances in his first big-league start:

SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
1B Mark Teixeira
2B Robinson Cano
RF Nick Swisher
LF Andruw Jones
C Jesus Montero
2B Eduardo Nunez
3B Brandon Laird

Tampa Bay will have Casey Kotchman back for this one.  He was scratched last night after being taken to the hospital for chest pains.

Video: Troy Tulowitzki plays along with a photographer who thought he was a pitcher

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Thursday marked photo day for the Blue Jays. There are always some oddities, usually when the players create fun for themselves. This time, the fun happened when a photographer mistook shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for a pitcher. Tulowitzki rolled with it and followed the photographer’s instructions to pose like a pitcher.

Hazel Mae has the hilarious video:

Hitters, of course, typically pose with a bat over their shoulder. Pitchers typically have their hand in their glove, sometimes leaning forward as if receiving the signs from their catcher.

Tulowitzki has exclusively played shortstop during his 12-year career in the majors, but perhaps one day he’ll step on the mound and be able to call himself a pitcher.