ALDS Game 3 lineups: Rangers vs. Rays

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Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the Rangers-Rays series:

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

SP Colby Lewis, RHP        SP David Price, LHP

Ron Washington is using a different lineup against left-hander David Price than he used in Game 1 against left-hander Matt Moore, as Josh Hamilton and Craig Gentry flip-flop spots in the outfield and Michael Young slides from first base to designated hitter while Mitch Moreland (a lefty bat) replaces Yorvit Torrealba (a righty bat).

Meanwhile, after facing left-handed starters in back-to-back games the Rays are turning to their standard lineup versus right-handers, which includes three right-handed hitters atop the lineup followed by six consecutive left-handed (or switch-) hitters.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.