ALCS Game 2 lineups: Tigers vs. Yankees


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Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the ALCS, set for a 4:00 p.m. ET first pitch in New York:

1. Austin Jackson, CF           1. Ichiro Suzuki, LF
2. Quintin Berry, LF            2. Robinson Cano, 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B           3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Prince Fielder, 1B           4. Raul Ibanez, DH
5. Delmon Young, DH             5. Russell Martin, C
6. Andy Dirks, RF               6. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
7. Jhonny Peralta, SS           7. Curtis Granderson, CF
8. Alex Avila, C                8. Nick Swisher, RF
9. Omar Infante, 2B             9. Jayson Nix, SS

SP Anibal Sanchez, RH           SP Hiroki Kuroda, RH

Tigers manager Jim Leyland is sticking with his customary lineup against right-handed pitching, which means Avisail Garcia will open on the bench and Berry will get the start in left field. Dirks is in right.

For the Yankees — playing in their first postseason game without Derek Jeter since 1995 — there are quite a few lineup changes. Ichiro jumps up to the leadoff spot and Martin gets bumped to fifth. Ibanez bats cleanup. Nix is expected to start in Jeter’s place at shortstop for the remainder of the 2012 postseason.

The game will be broadcast on TBS. Consider this post an open thread.

Jeff Samardzija to undergo MRI on right shoulder

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Update (12:58 AM ET): Per Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Samardzija has been diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle. He’ll be shut down for a week. That’s good news for the Giants, considering the alternatives.


Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.

This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.

Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.