ALDS Game 4 lineups: Orioles vs. Yankees

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Here are the lineups for Game 4 of the ALDS between the Orioles and Yankees, in New York:

   BALTIMORE ORIOLES              NEW YORK YANKEES
1. Nate McLouth, LF              1. Derek Jeter, DH
2. J.J. Hardy, SS                   2. Ichiro Suzuki, LF
3. Chris Davis, RF                3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Adam Jones, CF                 4. Robinson Cano, 2B
5. Matt Wieters, C                  5. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
6. Jim Thome, DH                   6. Nick Swisher, RF
7. Mark Reynolds, 1B             7. Russell Martin, C
8. Ryan Flaherty, 2B              8. Curtis Granderson, CF
9. Manny Machado 3B             9. Jayson Nix, SS

SP Joe Saunders, LHP            SP Phil Hughes, RHP

With his team’s back up against the wall, Buck Showalter will use the same lineup he did in Game 3. Joe Saunders is back on the hill for the Orioles after allowing one run over 5 2/3 innings in the one-game Wild Card playoff game against the Rangers last Friday.

The Yankees have made a number of changes following their dramatic victory last night. Derek Jeter is in the lineup after leaving last night’s game with an injury to his left foot, but he’ll serve as the designated hitter. Meanwhile, Jayson Nix will fill in at shortstop. Alex Rodriguez is back at third base after serving as the DH last night and later being pinch-hit for by Raul Ibanez, but he’ll slide down to the fifth spot in the order. Mark Teixeira will hit third while Nick Swisher and Curtis Granderson both slide down a spot. Notable by his absence is Ibanez, who will once again be available off the bench as a late-inning pinch-hit threat.

Umpire admits he blew the call that got Joe Maddon ejected last night

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Last night in the top of the eighth inning of the Dodgers-Cubs game, Curtis Granderson struck out. Or, at the very least, he should’ve. After the game, the umpire who said he didn’t admitted he screwed up.

While trying to squelch a Dodgers comeback, Wade Davis got Granderson into a 2-2 count. Davis threw his pitch, Granderson whiffed on it, it hit the dirt, and Willson Contreras applied the tag for the out. End of the inning, right? Wrong: Granderson argued to home plate umpire Jim Wolf that he made slight contact with the ball, Wolf, after conferring with the other umps agreed, and Granderson lived to see another pitch.

Before he’d see that pitch, Joe Maddon came out to argue the call and got so agitated about it all he was ejected for the second time in this series. He was right to argue:

It all ended up not mattering, of course, because Granderson struck out eventually anyway.

Normally such things end there, but after the game a reporter got to Wolf and Wolf did something umpires don’t often do: he admitted he blew the call:

It’s good that the bad call ended up not affecting anything. But the part of me who likes to stir up crap and watch chaos rule in baseball really kinda wishes that Granderson had hit a series-clinching homer right after that. At least as long as it didn’t result in Cubs fans burning Chicago to the ground.