ALCS Game 5 lineups: Rangers vs. Tigers

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Here are the lineups for Game 5 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, DH       4. Victor Martinez, DH
5. Adrian Beltre, 3B       5. Delmon Young, LF
6. Mike Napoli, C          6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
7. Nelson Cruz, RF         7. Brandon Inge, 3B
8. David Murphy, LF        8. Alex Avila, C
9. Mitch Moreland, 1B      9. Ramon Santiago, 2B

SP C.J. Wilson, LHP        SP Justin Verlander, RHP

Mitch Moreland is back in the Rangers’ lineup after a two-game benching, with Michael Young resuming designated hitter duties and Yorvit Torrealba heading to the bench. The rest of Texas’ lineup is the same as Game 4, with David Murphy getting the nod again in left field over Craig Gentry and Endy Chavez.

With left-hander C.J. Wilson on the mound Jim Leyland is using the same lineup he used last night against southpaw Matt Harrison, but he’s changed the batting order up. Jhonny Peralta moves from No. 7 to No. 6 and Brandon Inge moves from No. 9 to No. 7, while Ramon Santiago drops from No. 8 to No. 9 and the slumping, banged up Alex Avila drops from No. 6 to No. 8. Avila is just 2-for-33 (.061) with 14 strikeouts in the postseason while playing through a knee injury.

Someone stole the bat from the Ken Griffey, Jr. statue at Safeco Field

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The Mariners unveiled a statue of Hall of Fame outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. earlier this year at Safeco Field, featuring the slugger in his famous follow-through seen after each of his 630 career home runs. Chris Daniels of KING 5 News in Seattle reported on Tuesday evening that someone had stolen the bat from the statue.

Thankfully, the Seattle Police Department announced that the bat has been recovered and a suspect has been arrested. They expect to provide more details later. Daniels reports the Mariners have confirmed the news.

My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.