NLDS, Game 5: Mets vs. Dodgers lineups

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Here are the Mets and Dodgers lineups for Game 5 of the NLDS in Los Angeles:

METS:
RF Curtis Granderson
3B David Wright
2B Daniel Murphy
CF Yoenis Cespedes
1B Lucas Duda
C Travis d'Arnaud
LF Michael Conforto
SS Wilmer Flores
SP Jacob deGrom

Mets manager Terry Collins is sticking with Lucas Duda in the fifth spot, leaving rookie Michael Conforto to bat seventh.

DODGERS:
2B Howie Kendrick
SS Corey Seager
1B Adrian Gonzalez
3B Justin Turner
RF Andre Ethier
C Yasmani Grandal
LF Enrique Hernandez
CF Joc Pederson
SP Zack Greinke

Carl Crawford has been benched against a right-hander, as manager Don Mattingly is opting instead for Enrique Hernandez in left field and Joc Pederson in center field. Yasmani Grandal gets the start behind the plate over A.J. Ellis despite being banged up.

Report: Twins sign Erick Aybar to minor-league deal

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The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal,¬†LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune¬†reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.

Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.

Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.