Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the ALDS between the Orioles and Yankees, in New York:
BALTIMORE ORIOLES NEW YORK YANKEES
1. Nate McLouth, LF 1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. J.J. Hardy, SS 2. Ichiro Suzuki, LF
3. Chris Davis, RF 3. Alex Rodriguez, DH
4. Adam Jones, CF 4. Robinson Cano, 2B
5. Matt Wieters, C 5. Nick Swisher, RF
6. Jim Thome, DH 6. Mark Teixeira, 1B
7. Mark Reynolds, 1B 7. Curtis Granderson, CF
8. Ryan Flaherty, 2B 8. Russell Martin, C
9. Manny Machado, 3B 9. Eric Chavez, 3B
SP Miguel Gonzalez, RHP SP Hiroki Kuroda, RHP
Facing right-hander Hiroki Kuroda instead of left-hander Andy Pettitte, manager Buck Showalter flipped Jim Thome and Mark Reynolds in the 6-7 spots, dropped Manny Machado down one spot, and benched Robert Andino in favor of Ryan Flaherty at second base.
Joe Girardi is keeping Alex Rodriguez in the No. 3 spot despite fans calling for a demotion in the batting order, although he does have A-Rod at designated hitter instead of third base. Eric Chavez is playing third base and batting ninth, where Eduardo Nunez was used as the DH in Game 2. Raul Ibanez sits versus a right-hander, which is uncommon, and with a righty on the mound Girardi flipped Curtis Granderson and Russell Martin in the 7-8 spots.
A brutal couple of updates on the night of Jose Fernandez’s death from Jeff Passan of Yahoo and from Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald.
Passan reports on the leadup to the fateful boat trip. About how a friend of one of the other men killed on the boat had pleaded with him not to go out in the dark. Then there’s this:
After Saturday’s game, Fernandez had asked a number of teammates to join him on the boat. One by one, they declined.
Marcell Ozuna was one of them. Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald reports:
Following Monday’s game, Ozuna said he turned down an invitation from Fernandez after Saturday night’s game to go out with him and join him for a spin on his boat . . . “That night I told him, ‘Don’t go out,’” Ozuna said. “Everybody knew he was crazy about that boat and loved being out on the water. I told him I couldn’t go out that night because I had the kids and my wife waiting for me.
Losing a friend and teammate under such circumstances is brutal enough. Adding on survivor’s guilt would be close to impossible to bear.
David Ortiz has used Derek Jeter’s Player’s Tribune as his personal podium all year as he says goodbye to the Major Leagues. He continues that today, on the eve of his final series against the Yankees.
In it Ortiz talks about what playing the Yankees meant to him over the course of his career. About how the fan hate was real but something he embraced. About how the series back in the days of Jeter and Pettitte and Mariano and Mussina were “wars.” He also talks about how the Yankees were basically everything when he was growing up in the Dominican Republic. The only caps and shirts you saw were Yankees shirts and how they were about the only team you could see on TV there. As such, coming to Boston and then playing against the Yankees was a big, big deal.
Ortiz says “[s]ome players are born to be Yankees, you know what I’m saying? I was born to play against the Yankees.”
And he’ll get to do it only three more times.