Two teams enter, one team leaves: NLCS Game 7 lineups

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Here are the lineups for Game 7 of the NLCS between the Cardinals and Giants, in San Francisco:

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS            SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
1. Jon Jay, CF                 1. Angel Pagan, CF
2. Carlos Beltran, RF          2. Marco Scutaro, 2B
3. Matt Holliday, LF           3. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
4. Allen Craig, 1B             4. Buster Posey, C
5. Yadier Molina, C            5. Hunter Pence, RF
6. David Freese, 3B            6. Brandon Belt, 1B
7. Daniel Descalso, 2B         7. Gregor Blanco, LF
8. Pete Kozma, SS              8. Brandon Crawford, SS
9. Kyle Lohse, SP              9. Matt Cain, SP

Matt Holliday is in the Cardinals’ lineup after sitting out Game 6 with a back injury, which means manager Mike Matheny can go with his now-standard playoff batting order with the season on the line.

Bruce Bochy is also going with his standard lineup versus a right-handed pitcher.

“You know the law: Two teams enter, one team leaves.”

J.D. Martinez tells teams he prefers an outfield role

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Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.

That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.

Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.