NLDS Game 1 lineups: Diamondbacks vs. Brewers

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Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the NLDS between the Diamondbacks and Brewers this afternoon:

  ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS           MILWAUKEE BREWERS
1. Willie Bloomquist, SS       1. Corey Hart, RF
2. Aaron Hill, 2B              2. Nyjer Morgan, CF
3. Justin Upton, RF            3. Ryan Braun, LF
4. Miguel Montero, C           4. Prince Fielder, 1B
5. Chris Young, CF             5. Rickie Weeks, 2B
6. Lyle Overbay, 1B            6. Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B
7. Ryan Roberts, 3B            7. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
8. Gerardo Parra, LF           8. Jonathan Lucroy, C
9. Ian Kennedy, SP             9. Yovani Gallardo, SP

The major thing of note here is that Diamondbacks’ manager Kirk Gibson went with the veteran Lyle Overbay over the rookie Paul Goldschmidt at first base. Left-handed batters have hit Gallardo slightly better than righties this season, but not by much, so perhaps Overbay is getting the nod because of his past experience at Miller Park as a member of the Brewers.

As for the Brewers, Jerry Hairston Jr. will make the start over Casey McGehee at third, something I figured would happen in our series preview earlier this week. McGehee batted just .223/.280/.346 with 13 homers and a .627 OPS this season, including a .132 batting average in September, so it’s not a big shock to see him on the bench. However, as Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel notes, chances are we’ll see lineup for Game 2. While not a big sample size, McGehee is 5-for-5 with a double and a homer lifetime against Daniel Hudson.

I’ll be live blogging this game once it gets underway at about 2 p.m. ET, so stay tuned.


			

Report: Twins sign Erick Aybar to minor-league deal

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The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.

Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.

Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.