World Series Game 3 lineups: Giants vs. Tigers

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Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the World Series between the Giants and Tigers:

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS             DETROIT TIGERS
1. Angel Pagan, CF              1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Marco Scutaro, 2B            2. Quintin Berry, LF
3. Pablo Sandoval, 3B           3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
4. Buster Posey, C              4. Prince Fielder, 1B
5. Hunter Pence, RF             5. Delmon Young, DH
6. Brandon Belt, 1B             6. Andy Dirks, RF
7. Gregor Blanco, LF            7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
8. Hector Sanchez, DH           8. Alex Avila, C
9. Brandon Crawford, SS         9. Omar Infante, 2B

SP Ryan Vogelsong, RH           SP Anibal Sanchez, RH

The Giants obviously aren’t used to the DH, and don’t have a great answer for that spot. Sanchez, 22, batted just .280/.295/.390 with three home runs in 227 plate appearances during the 2012 regular season.

The Tigers are going with their standard batting order against right-handed pitching. Young won’t have to play the outfield at Comerica Park, which is good for Detroit but unfortunate for fans of comedy.

Game 3 of this Fall Classic is set to get underway at 8:07 p.m. ET. San Fran leads the series 2-0.

Phillies, Jake Arrieta having a “dialogue”

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No, not like a Socratic dialogue, in which each side, in a mostly cooperative, but intellectually confrontational manner interrogate one another as a means of testing assertions and finding truths, though that would be an AMAZING thing for baseball players and teams to do. Rather, low-level talks about possible interest in Jake Arrieta, baseball free agent.

Arrieta is probably the top free agent still available, now that Yu Darvish, J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer have signed. Philly has money — it’s a big market — and could use a pitcher, but Jon Heyman, who, much like Plato did for Socrates, reported the dialogue, says they’re not looking to go long term with anyone.

It may make sense for Arrieta to take a so-called “pillow contract” and come back on the market in a year, but if he’s willing to accept a one-year deal, there are a lot of teams other than Philly who may offer one, and you’d have to figure Arrieta would prefer to pitch for a team more likely to contend.

Dialogues are cool, though. You should go have one over lunch.