NLCS Game 2 lineups: Cardinals vs. Brewers

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Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the Cardinals-Brewers series:

1. Rafael Furcal, SS         1. Corey Hart, RF
2. Jon Jay, CF               2. Nyjer Morgan, CF
3. Albert Pujols, 1B         3. Ryan Braun, LF
4. Matt Holliday, LF         4. Prince Fielder, 1B
5. Lance Berkman, RF         5. Rickie Weeks, 2B
6. Yadier Molina, C          6. Jerry Hairston, 3B
7. David Freese, 3B          7. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
8. Nick Punto, 2B            8. Jonathan Lucroy, C

SP Edwin Jackson, RHP        SP Shaun Marcum, RHP

After facing a left-hander in Game 1 the Brewers switch up the lineup to their standard alignment versus right-handers, which means Carlos Gomez to the bench, Nyjer Morgan in center field and batting second, and Jerry Hairston sliding down from No. 2 to No. 6.

St. Louis is shaking things up even further despite facing a right-hander in Game 1, as Tony La Russa has flip-flopped Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman in the cleanup spot behind Albert Pujols while starting Nick Punto over Ryan Theriot at second base.

Henderson Alvarez signs with Tigres de Quintana Roo

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Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.

The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.

That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.