ALDS Game 5 lineups: Tigers vs. Yankees

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Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the Tigers-Yankees series tonight:

   DETROIT TIGERS                  NEW YORK YANKEES
1. Austin Jackson, CF           1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Don Kelly, 3B                2. Curtis Granderson, CF
3. Delmon Young, LF             3. Robinson Cano, 2B
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B           4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Victor Martinez, DH          5. Mark Teixeira, 1B
6. Magglio Ordonez, RF          6. Nick Swisher, RF
7. Alex Avila, C                7. Jorge Posada, DH
8. Jhonny Peralta, SS           8. Russell Martin, C
9. Ramon Santiago, 2B           9. Brett Gardner, LF

SP Doug Fister, RHP             SP Ivan Nova, RHP

Wilson Betemit is 0-for-10 in the series and rather than turn to Brandon Inge manager Jim Leyland has opted to go with Don Kelly at third base. Kelly is 3-for-7 in the series, but he’s also a 31-year-old career .240 hitter with a ghastly .285 on-base percentage and .363 slugging percentage in 287 games and has logged just 444 innings at third base in the majors. Starting him at third base in a do-or-die game is an odd move and batting him second in the order is even weirder. It also means the three guys hitting directly in front of cleanup man Miguel Cabrera had on-base percentages of .317, .302, and .291 this year.

No changes for the Yankees, who’re sticking with the exact same lineup they used in each of the first four games of the series.

Enrique Hernandez is single-handedly trying to send the Dodgers to the World Series

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We’re still in the third inning of NLCS Game 5 but the Dodgers are walloping the Cubs thus far, leading 7-0. Outfielder Enrique Hernandez has driven in five of those runs on a solo home run in the second inning and a grand slam in the third.

The other runs came on Cody Bellinger‘s RBI double in the first and Justin Turner‘s RBI single in the second.

The Dodgers loaded the bases on three consecutive singles to start the third inning, chasing starter Jose Quintana from the game. Hector Rondon entered in relief and struck out Logan Forsythe, revealing some light at the end of the tunnel. But his first-pitch slider to Hernandez caught too much of the plate and Hernandez drove it out to right-center field for a grand slam.

Hernandez has had two two-homer games in the regular season, on July 17 this year and April 15 last year. He has never had a five-RBI game. Hernandez’s home run in the second marked his first career postseason home run and RBI as well.

FanGraphs has the Dodgers’ win probability for this game at 96 percent. Clayton Kershaw is on the hill. It’s looking like they’re going to clinch the National League pennant tonight, but there’s still six innings left. We’ve seen big leads evaporate this postseason.