World Series Game 2 lineups: Rangers vs. Cardinals

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

   TEXAS RANGERS             ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
1. Ian Kinsler, 2B        1. Rafael Furcal, SS
2. Elvis Andrus, SS       2. Jon Jay, CF
3. Josh Hamilton, LF      3. Albert Pujols, 1B
4. Michael Young, 1B      4. Lance Berkman, RF
5. Adrian Beltre, 3B      5. Matt Holliday, LF
6. Nelson Cruz, RF        6. David Freese, 3B
7. Mike Napoli, C         7. Yadier Molina, C
8. Craig Gentry, CF       8. Nick Punto, 2B

SP Colby Lewis, RHP       SP Jaime Garcia, LHP

With a left-hander on the mound Rangers manager Ron Washington made just one lineup change compared to Game 1, replacing the left-handed-hitting David Murphy with the right-handed-hitting Craig Gentry. He also has Gentry in center field with Josh Hamilton shifting to left field, which makes sense given that the reigning MVP is playing at considerably less than full strength due to a groin injury.

Tony La Russa is sticking with the same eight starters as Game 1, but he flip-flopped Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman in the batting order. Berkman is a switch-hitter who’s typically been much worse versus left-handers, so it makes sense to have him back in the cleanup spot versus right-hander Colby Lewis.

Phillies, Jake Arrieta having a “dialogue”

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No, not like a Socratic dialogue, in which each side, in a mostly cooperative, but intellectually confrontational manner interrogate one another as a means of testing assertions and finding truths, though that would be an AMAZING thing for baseball players and teams to do. Rather, low-level talks about possible interest in Jake Arrieta, baseball free agent.

Arrieta is probably the top free agent still available, now that Yu Darvish, J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer have signed. Philly has money — it’s a big market — and could use a pitcher, but Jon Heyman, who, much like Plato did for Socrates, reported the dialogue, says they’re not looking to go long term with anyone.

It may make sense for Arrieta to take a so-called “pillow contract” and come back on the market in a year, but if he’s willing to accept a one-year deal, there are a lot of teams other than Philly who may offer one, and you’d have to figure Arrieta would prefer to pitch for a team more likely to contend.

Dialogues are cool, though. You should go have one over lunch.