ALDS Game 5 lineups: Orioles vs. Yankees


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Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the ALDS between the Orioles and Yankees, in New York:

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.

Blue Jays sign Danny Espinosa to minors deal

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Free agent middle infielder Danny Espinosa signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays, the team announced Saturday. The deal includes an invite to spring training, where Espinosa is scheduled for his first split-squad game against the Orioles this afternoon.

Espinosa, 30, was inked to another minor-league deal with the Yankees in January. The veteran infielder was competing for an infield job until the team picked up second baseman Neil Walker on a one-year, $4 million deal last Monday. Prior to his release, he slashed .160/.276/.320 with one home run through his first 12 games with the Yankees this spring. He didn’t fare much better in the majors last year, either, batting a cumulative .173/.245/.278 with six home runs and a .523 OPS in 295 PA for the Mariners and Rays.

Blue Jays starting shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is still dealing with a bone spur in his heel and has officially been ruled out for Opening Day, which could clear a path for Espinosa to claim a starting role in Toronto. Of course, he won’t be the only candidate under consideration — Yangervis Solarte and Aledmys Diaz are still in the mix as well, though no final decision appears to be made just yet.