Here are the lineups for Game 5 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. Adam Jones, CF 3. Robinson Cano, 2B
4. Chris Davis, RF 4. Mark Teixeira, 1B
5. Matt Wieters, C 5. Raul Ibanez, DH
6. Manny Machado, 3B 6. Nick Swisher, RF
7. Mark Reynolds, 1B 7. Curtis Granderson, CF
8. Lew Ford, DH 8. Russell Martin, C
9. Robert Andino, 2B 9. Eric Chavez, 3B
SP Jason Hammel, RHP SP CC Sabathia, LHP
Buck Showalter is going with a slightly different lineup than he used against CC Sabathia in Game 1 of the series, picking Chris Davis as his cleanup hitter (Davis batted seventh in Game 1) and moving Manny Machado ahead of Mark Reynolds. And, like in Game 1, he’s benched Jim Thome versus a left-hander and given the designated hitter start to Lew Ford.
Last night Joe Girardi moved Alex Rodriguez from third to fifth in the order, eventually pinch-hitting for him. And tonight A-Rod is out of the lineup completely, getting benched in favor Eric Chavez while Raul Ibanez takes over as the No. 5 hitter. Girardi also moved Robinson Cano up from fourth to third to have the switch-hitting Mark Teixeira in between lefties Cano and Ibanez. Derek Jeter and Russell Martin are the only right-handed hitters in the lineup against Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel.
The Twins have placed third baseman Miguel Sano on the 10-day disabled list with a stress reaction in his left shin, per the Star Tribune’s LaVelle E. Neal. Sano left Saturday’s game against the Diamondbacks after running out a ground ball double play in the fourth inning and was held out of Sunday’s lineup.
Sano, 24, is batting .267/.356/.514 with 28 home runs and 77 RBI in 475 plate appearances this season. The Twins are five back of the Indians for first place in the AL Central and currently hold a tie with the Angels for the second Wild Card slot.
Ehire Adrianza got the start at third base during Sunday’s win and could handle the hot corner while Sano is out. Eduardo Escobar could also get some time at third.
Giants catcher Buster Posey was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning during Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Phillies. It was a first-pitch fastball from closer Hector Neris, who had just entered the game. The Giants then had the bases loaded, but Pablo Sandoval struck out to end the inning and the Giants went on to lose 5-2.
After the game, Posey said he thinks Neris hit him on purpose, per Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. Posey thinks Neris thought he couldn’t get him out.
Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, Neris said “absolutely not” when asked if he threw at Posey on purpose. The rest of the Phillies clubhouse, per Zolecki, “Say whaaat?!”
Here’s a link to the video of Posey getting hit. Now that we have automatic intentional walks, pitchers don’t even have to risk throwing four pitches wide of the strike zone to intentionally walk a hitter, so if Neris felt he couldn’t get Posey out, there was still no need to hit him. Furthermore, Neris isn’t going to hit Posey to load the bases and put the go-ahead run on first in a 4-2 ballgame. Sandoval has been a much worse hitter than Posey, for sure, but Neris would lose the platoon advantage if he felt like facing Sandoval instead, anyway.
Getting hit hurts, so it’s understandable Posey may have been salty in the moment. But after the game, when the pain has subsided and he’s had time to think over everything, there’s no way Posey should still come to the conclusion that Neris was trying to hit him on purpose.