ALDS Game 3 lineups: Tigers vs. A’s

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source: AP

Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the ALDS between the Tigers and A’s, in Oakland:

   DETROIT TIGERS                 OAKLAND A'S
1. Austin Jackson, CF          1. Coco Crisp, CF
2. Omar Infante, 2B            2. Stephen Drew, SS
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B          3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
4. Prince Fielder, 1B          4. Brandon Moss, 1B
5. Delmon Young, DH            5. Josh Reddick, RF
6. Jhonny Peralta, SS          6. Josh Donaldson, 3B
7. Andy Dirks, LF              7. Seth Smith, DH
8. Avisail Garcia, RF          8. Derek Norris, C
9. Gerald Laird, C             9. Cliff Pennington, 2B

SP Anibal Sanchez, RHP         SP Brett Anderson, LHP

Detroit is using all right-handed starting pitchers this series, which means Oakland is going with the left-handed-hitting half of manager Bob Melvin’s various platoons. Except for at catcher, where Derek Norris is back in the lineup after giving way to George Kottaras in Game 2.

Jim Leyland doesn’t platoon quite as much, but for the second straight game he’s going with the right-handed-hitting Gerald Laird behind the plate instead of the left-handed-hitting Alex Avila because the A’s are using a southpaw starter. And that southpaw starter, Brett Anderson, is pitching for the first time since injuring his oblique on September 19.

The Rays announce “The Rays Tank.” Really.

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Earlier this offseason the Rays traded away franchise player Evan Longoria. Over the weekend they traded starter Jake Odorizzi to the Twins and designated All-Star outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment. These were clearly financially driven moves, and now the Rays sport a payroll of less than $70 million. The club’s offseason moves prompted Longoria to say that he feels sorry for Rays fans.

If you asked Rays brass, I’m sure they’d make strong statements defending all of these moves while offering evidence-light arguments that, yes, they truly are interested in fielding a competitive team in 2018. They would likely react VERY angrily to any suggestion that they are tanking this year. Teams never admit that they’re tanking.

In other news, the Rays announced a new blog:

Oh.