ALDS Game 2 lineups: Rays vs. Rangers

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Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the ALDS between the Rays and Rangers. First pitch is scheduled for just after 7 p.m. ET.

   TAMPA BAY RAYS                TEXAS RANGERS
1. Desmond Jennings, LF       1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
2. B.J. Upton, CF             2. Elvis Andrus, SS
3. Evan Longoria, 3B          3. Josh Hamilton, CF
4. Ben Zobrist, 2B            4. Michael Young, DH
5. Johnny Damon, DH           5. Adrian Beltre, 3B
6. Kelly Shoppach, C          6. Mike Napoli, C
7. Sean Rodriguez, SS         7. Nelson Cruz, RF
8. Casey Kotchman, 1B         8. David Murphy, LF
9. Matt Joyce, RF             9. Mitch Moreland, 1B

SP James Shields, RHP         SP Derek Holland, LHP

Rangers manager Ron Washington is going with left-handed batters Murphy and Moreland against the right-handed Shields. Napoli, who served as the DH in Game 1, will start behind the plate in Game 2.

Tampa Bay’s Game 1 leadoff man, Rodriguez, is batting seventh in Game 2. Jennings will start things off.

The Rays hold a 1-0 series lead courtesy of rookie Matt Moore’s fine performance on Friday afternoon.

Here are the final All-Star voting results before the close of balloting

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All-Star voting ends this Thursday night, just before midnight eastern time. The All-Star teams — at least how they’ll appear before the dozen or two substitutions we’ll get before the game — will be unveiled on Sunday at 7pm on ESPN, just before Sunday Night Baseball.

Which means you still have time to alter these standings, which now stand as the final update before things are set in, well, not stone, but at least some Play-Doh which has been left out of the can too long and is kinda hard to mess with.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Javier Baez made a couple of fantastic plays last night

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Javier Baez is a second baseman. He’s played a good bit of shortstop and, if he played for some other teams, he may be an everyday shortstop, but he’s the Cubs’ second baseman.

With Addision Russell out with some shoulder issues, however, Baez got the call at short last night for the Cubs-Nats game in Washington. It was a good call, as he made a couple of spectacular plays in the field.

First up is this highway robbery of Bryce Harper, who thought he had a base hit. It was a good thought, too, as he hit the ball like a dang rocket:

Later, when Adam Lind was up to bat, he fouled one off behind third base. Baez got on his horse and did this:

That inspired Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper to use the old line the great Harry Kalas used about Garry Maddox: “Two-thirds of the Earth is covered by water, the other one-third is covered by Garry Maddox.” It’s a great line, and aptly used to describe Javier Baez’s Monday night.