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NLDS Game 5 lineups: Cardinals vs. Phillies


Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the Cardinals-Phillies series tonight:

1. Rafael Furcal, SS        1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
2. Skip Schumaker, CF       2. Chase Utley, 2B
3. Albert Pujols, 1B        3. Hunter Pence, RF
4. Lance Berkman, RF        4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Matt Holliday, LF        5. Shane Victorino, CF
6. Yadier Molina, C         6. Raul Ibanez, LF
7. David Freese, 3B         7. Placido Polanco, 3B
8. Nick Punto, 2B           8. Carlos Ruiz, C

SP Chris Carpenter, RHP     SP Roy Halladay, RHP

No changes for the Phillies, who stick with the same lineup they used in Game 4.

Tony La Russa, however, did not stick with the same group, benching Jon Jay while shifting Skip Schumaker to center field and inserting Nick Punto into the lineup at second base. As promised Matt Holliday will again play through his hand injury, with Allen Craig on the bench.

The Yankees Wild Card Game roster is set

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Wild Card teams get to set their roster for the one-and-done game and then reset it for the Division Series if they advance. As such, you sometimes see some weirdness with the wild card roster. The Yankees, who just set theirs for tonight’s game, are no exception.

Masahiro Tanaka will be tonight’s starter, but Luis Severino, also a starter, will be around as well in case Tanaka gets knocked out early and they need more innings. In all, the Yankees are carrying nine pitchers and three catchers. In addition, they have Rob Refsnyder, Slade Heathcott, and pinch-runner Rico Noel as bench players. In case you forgot, pinch running can matter a lot in a Wild Card Game.

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Either way, it beats having a regular season-type roster with 13 pitchers or something. I mean, if you’re using more than nine pitchers, you ain’t winning anyway.

Here’s the whole roster:

CC Sabathia’s bad weekend in Baltimore made him choose rehab

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It was inevitable that someone would report on what, specifically, was going on with CC Sabathia in the run up to his decision to go into rehab yesterday. And today we have that story, at least in the broad strokes, from the New York Post.

Speaking to an anonymous source close to Sabathia, the Post reports that the Yankees’ starter more or less went on a bender from Thursday into Friday and continued on to Saturday, which resulted in his Sunday afternoon phone call to Brian Cashman in which he said he needed help.

Notable detail: Sabathia is referred to as “not a big drinker” in the story. Which is something worth thinking about when you think of others who have trouble with alcohol. It’s not always about massive or constant consumption. It’s about the person’s relationship with substances that is the real problem. Many who drink a good deal are totally fine. Many who don’t drink much do so in problematic ways and patterns. For this reason, and many others, it’s useful to avoid engaging in cliches and stereotypes of addicts.