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Giancarlo Stanton not in Team USA’s starting lineup for Sunday’s must-win game vs. Canada



Below are the starting lineups for this evening’s World Baseball Classic game between Team USA and Team Canada. First pitch is scheduled for just after 4:00 p.m. ET. It will be broadcast on MLB Network.

     TEAM USA                    TEAM CANADA
1. Jimmy Rollins, SS            1. Tyson Gillies, CF
2. Brandon Phillips, 2B        2. Taylor Green, 3B
3. Ryan Braun, DH               3. Joey Votto, 1B
4. Joe Mauer, C                 4. Justin Morneau, DH
5. David Wright, 3B             5. Michael Saunders, RF
6. Ben Zobrist, RF              6. Chris Robinson, C
7. Adam Jones, CF               7. Adam Loewen, LF
8. Eric Hosmer, 1B              8. Pete Orr, 2B
9. Shane Victorino, LF          9. Cale Iorg, SS

SP Derek Holland, LH            SP Jameson Taillon, RH

Team USA manager Joe Torre is sitting Giancarlo Stanton, who doesn’t have a hit yet in the 2013 WBC but is obviously one of the premier sluggers in the sport. Zobrist will start in right field in Stanton’s place.

Team Canada is using the same lineup that nailed down a 10-3 win over Mexico on Saturday afternoon.

The winning country will advance out of Pool D along with Team Italy. The loser goes … back to camp.

Estrada in Game 3, Dickey in Game 4 for Blue Jays

Marco Estrada
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It’s already been established that the Blue Jays would throw deadline acquisition David Price in Game 1 of their ALDS matchup against the Rangers and fast-rising right-hander Marcus Stroman in Game 2.

Now we know how they’ll fill out the rest of their rotation for the best-of-five round …

John Lott of the National Post notes that R.A. Dickey threw a simulated game on Tuesday afternoon at Rogers Centre, which lines him up for a potential ALDS Game 4 next Monday in Texas. Marco Estrada will take Game 3 on Sunday night in Arlington.

Mark Buehrle retired after his final regular-season start, so he’s obviously out of the mix.

Toronto is the World Series favorite to many as the postseason gets underway.

Yasiel Puig might be more of a bench guy in the NLDS

Yasiel Puig
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Yasiel Puig appeared in just 79 games during the regular season and missed all of September with a right hamstring strain. He returned on October 3 and appeared in the Dodgers’ final two regular-season games, but that doesn’t mean he is anywhere close to 100 percent heading into the NLDS.

Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles says the Dodgers are unlikely to start Puig over Andre Ethier or Carl Crawford against right-handers in the best-of-five Division Series. And the Mets are scheduled to throw three righties in the first three games: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Matt Harvey. The only left-hander in the Mets’ postseason rotation is Steven Matz, and he is somewhat questionable with a back injury.

Would it make sense to leave Puig off the NLDS roster entirely? If he does aggravate the hamstring injury, which seems possible even in a limited role, that would put him out of the mix for the NLCS.

They could send Puig to Arizona and have him face live pitching for the next 8-10 days.

But that’s just a suggestion. It doesn’t sound like it’s actually a consideration.