ALCS Game 4 lineups: Rangers vs. Tigers

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Here are the lineups for Game 4 of the Rangers-Tigers series:

   TEXAS RANGERS                DETROIT TIGERS
1. Ian Kinsler, 2B           1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Elvis Andrus, SS          2. Ryan Raburn, RF
3. Josh Hamilton, CF         3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
4. Michael Young, 1B         4. Victor Martinez, DH
5. Adrian Beltre, 3B         5. Delmon Young, LF
6. Mike Napoli, C            6. Alex Avila, C
7. Nelson Cruz, RF           7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
8. David Murphy, LF          8. Ramon Santiago, 2B
9. Yorvit Torrealba, DH      9. Brandon Inge, 3B

SP Matt Harrison, LHP        SP Rick Porcello, RHP

Yorvit Torrealba made just his second start of the playoffs behind the plate last night as Mike Napoli moved to designated hitter to get a game off from catching, but today Napoli is back at catcher and Torrealba stays in the lineup at DH despite a .309 on-base percentage and .399 slugging percentage this season. David Murphy returns to the lineup in left field, with Endy Chavez resuming his little-used bench role following his lone start of the postseason. Adrian Beltre will play through his knee injury.

Delmon Young was a last-minute scratch from yesterday’s game because of his oblique injury, but he’s back in there against a left-hander today. Jim Leyland did move him from No. 3 to No. 5, at least. And with a southpaw on the mound Brandon Inge starts over Don Kelly at third base and Ryan Raburn moves into the No. 2 spot. Victor Martinez is playing despite injuring his oblique last night and the 4-5-6 of Martinez, Young, and Alex Avila are all at significantly less than full strength.

Travis d’Arnaud’s position in Wednesday’s box score read “3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B”

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The Mets had to scratch both Jose Reyes and Wilmer Flores an hour before Wednesday’s game against the Yankees due to ribcage injuries, so Travis d'Arnaud — normally a catcher — borrowed David Wright‘s glove and played third base for the first time in his career. He had played some third base in spring training, but as far as an official professional game goes, he’s never been there.

The first two batters the Yankees sent up to the plate in the first inning were left-handed. But when the right-handed Aaron Judge came up, manager Terry Collins swapped second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera with d’Arnaud. It became a thing. The two swapped once more in the first inning, three times in the second, once in the third, five times in the fourth, once in the fifth, three times in the sixth, four times in the seventh, once in the eighth, and twice in the ninth. It worked, as d’Arnaud didn’t have an opportunity to make a play until catching Todd Frazier‘s pop-up for the first out of the ninth inning — as a second baseman. Cabrera had a handful of opportunities, including immediately after having swapped with d’Arnaud.

The Mets lost 5-3. At the plate, d’Arnaud went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly. Cabrera was 1-for-4.

Matt Reynolds and Gavin Cecchini are being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas so the Mets don’t have to do the “3B-2B shenanigans,” as MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo put it, again.

John Lackey stole the first base of his career

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Cubs starter John Lackey stole the first base of his 15-year career on Wednesday against the Reds. Of course, he spent the first 11 and a half years of his career in the American League, where opportunities to bat, let alone attempt to steal a base, were rare. Lackey entered Wednesday having taken 250 plate appearances, reaching base just 31 times on 17 singles, seven doubles, and seven walks for a .134 on-base percentage. One can imagine the 38-year-old is not exactly the swiftest base runner.

Still, Lackey managed to swipe a bag in the fourth inning. He singled with two outs against Homer Bailey. Then, with an 0-1 count on Ben Zobrist, Lackey broke for second even before Bailey began his windup. Tucker Barnhart stood up to alert Bailey that Lackey was running, so Bailey wheeled around and threw to second base, but Lackey slid into the bag easily safe. It wasn’t a pretty slide, but it did the job.

Lackey, however, was picked off of second base by Barnhart later that inning. Bailey threw a 3-2 fastball wide of the strike zone, walking Zobrist. Lackey had wandered too far off of second base, so Barnhart threw behind Lackey and the tag was applied by Zack Cozart. Lackey was called safe initially. The play was reviewed and the ruling on the field was overturned, ending the fourth inning.

Base Ba’al giveth and Base Ba’al taketh away.