NLDS Game 2 lineups: Reds vs. Giants

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Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the NLDS between the Reds and Giants. First pitch is 9:30 p.m. ET:

  CINCINNATI REDS             SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
1. Brandon Phillips, 2B     1. Angel Pagan, CF
2. Zack Cozart, SS          2. Marco Scutaro, 2B
3. Joey Votto, 1B           3. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
4. Ryan Ludwick, LF         4. Buster Posey, C
5. Jay Bruce, RF            5. Hunter Pence, RF
6. Scott Rolen, 3B          6. Brandon Belt, 1B
7. Ryan Hanigan, C          7. Gregor Blanco, LF
8. Drew Stubbs, CF          8. Brandon Crawford, SS
9. Bronson Arroyo, RHP      9. Madison Bumgarner, LHP

Despite the matchup against a left-hander, the Reds will roll with the same lineup that netted them a Game 1 victory on Saturday night over righty Matt Cain. Some Reds fans have been clamoring for Todd Frazier to get the nod over Rolen at third base, but you know how manager Dusty Baker loves his veterans.

The Giants are also featuring the same batting order as Game 1. They’ll just hope for more production.

This one is being broadcast by TBS. We’ll have the usual in-game updates and postgame reaction.

Rockies acquire Zac Rosscup from Cubs

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The Rockies announced a minor swap of relief pitchers on Monday evening. The Cubs sent lefty Zac Rosscup to the Rockies in exchange for right-hander Matt Carasiti.

Rosscup, 29, was designated for assignment by the Cubs last Thursday. He spent only two-thirds of an inning in the majors this year and has a 5.32 career ERA across 47 1/3 innings. Rosscup has spent most of the season with Triple-A Iowa, posting a 2.60 ERA in 27 2/3 innings.

Carasiti, 25, spent 15 2/3 innings in the majors last year, putting up an ugly 9.19 ERA. With Triple-A Albuquerque this season, he compiled a 2.37 ERA and a 43/13 K/BB ratio in 30 1/3 innings.

U.S. Court of Appeals affirms ruling that the minor leagues are exempt from federal antitrust law

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The Associated Press reported that on Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit affirmed a district court ruling which holds that the minor leagues are exempt from federal antitrust law, just like the major leagues.

In 2015, four minor leaguers sued Major League Baseball, alleging that MLB violated antitrust laws with its hiring and employment policies. They accused MLB of “restrain[ing] horizontal competition between and among” franchises and “artificially and illegally depressing” the salaries of minor league players.

The U.S. Court of Appeals said the players failed to state an antitrust claim, as the Curt Flood Act of 1998 exempted Minor League Baseball explicitly from antitrust laws.

This case is separate from the Aaron Senne case in which Major League Baseball is accused of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act. That case was recertified as a class action lawsuit in March. In December, Major League Baseball established a political action committee (PAC), which came months after two members of Congress sought to change language in the FLSA so that minor league players could continue to be paid substandard wages.