ALDS Game 4 lineups: Rangers vs. Rays

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Here are the lineups for Game 4 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, CF        3. Evan Longoria, 3B
4. Michael Young, DH        4. Ben Zobrist, 2B
5. Adrian Beltre, 3B        5. Johnny Damon, DH
6. Mike Napoli, C           6. Kelly Shoppach, C
7. Nelson Cruz, RF          7. Sean Rodriguez, SS
8. David Murphy, LF         8. Casey Kotchman, 1B
9. Mitch Moreland, 1B       9. Matt Joyce, RF

SP Matt Harrison, LHP       SP Jeremy Hellickson, RHP

Ron Washington is trotting out the same lineup against right-hander Jeremy Hellickson that he used in Game 2 versus right-hander James Shields, which means David Murphy in left field, Josh Hamilton in center field, and speedster Craig Gentry on the bench.

For the third time in four games the Rays will face a left-handed starter and that’s the exact same lineup Joe Maddon used against southpaw Derek Holland in Game 2. Maddon also started those same nine hitters versus lefty C.J. Wilson in Game 1, but had Sean Rodriguez atop the lineup and Desmond Jennings hitting eighth to break up Casey Kotchman’s and Matt Joyce’s lefty bats.

Video: Gift Ngoepe singles in his first major league at-bat

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Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.

Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.

Shelby Miller getting third opinion on elbow from Dr. James Andrews

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Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.

Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.

The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.