ALCS Game 1 lineups: Tigers vs. Yankees

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Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the ALCS between the Tigers and Yankees, in New York:

   DETROIT TIGERS              NEW YORK YANKEES
1. Austin Jackson, CF             1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Omar Infante, 2B                2. Ichiro Suzuki, LF
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B              3. Robinson Cano, 2B
4. Prince Fielder, 1B              4. Mark Teixeira, 1B
5. Delmon Young, DH             5. Raul Ibanez, DH
6. Jhonny Peralta, SS             6. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
7. Andy Dirks, LF              7. Nick Swisher, RF
8. Avisail Garcia, RF               8. Curtis Granderson, CF
9. Gerald Laird, C               9. Russell Martin, C

SP Doug Fister, RHP             SP Andy Pettitte, LHP

Jim Leyland has seven right-handed batters in his lineup against southpaw Andy Pettitte. Avisail Garcia is playing right field over Quintin Berry while Gerald Laird will start behind the plate rather than Alex Avila. While this is Leyland’s standard lineup against southpaws, the Tigers had a pretty tough time getting anything going against Tommy Milone and Brett Anderson during the ALDS. They’ll hope for more production this time.

As we mentioned earlier, Alex Rodriguez is back in the starting lineup tonight after he was benched for the decisive Game 5 of the ALDS against the Orioles yesterday. However, he’ll slide down to the sixth spot. He batted third in the first three games of the ALDS and fifth in Game 4. Raul Ibanez remains in the DH spot with the right-hander Doug Fister on the hill for the Tigers. Meanwhile, Nick Swisher, Curtis Granderson and Russell Martin all move down a spot in the order.

First pitch is slated for 8:07 p.m. ET. Feel free to discuss the game in the comments section.

Phillies sign Henderson Alvarez to a minor league deal

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Phillies signed pitcher Henderson Alvarez to a minor league deal. If he is added to the major league roster, he’ll earn $750,000 prorated.

Alvarez is still only 27 years old but hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2015 due to shoulder issues. He signed with the Long Island Ducks last month, making seven starts and posting a 3.94 ERA with a 13/14 K/BB ratio in 32 innings.

The Phillies learned that Vince Velasquez will undergo season-ending surgery and also placed Zach Eflin on the 10-day disabled list, so the club is just looking for pitching depth to help take them through the end of the season. Any innings that Alvarez is able to handle will be considered a bonus.

David Wright is going to play in a real game tonight

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Mets third baseman David Wright will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A St. Lucie. He’ll be the DH.

Wright has been sidelined since May of 2016, first with a cervical disc herniation and, more recently, a shoulder impingement. He has appeared in just 75 games since his last full season in 2014. Wright is under contract through 2020 and is owed $47 million after this year. For now insurance is picking up a large portion of that.

It’s possible he’ll make a return to the Mets before the season out as the competitive portion of their year is basically over and giving him a chance to see big league pitching before he begins what one hopes is a normal offseason might be a good confidence boost. What meaningful role he ever plays in the big leagues again, however, is decidedly up in the air.