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Lineups for Rangers-Blue Jays ALDS Game 3

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Neither the Rangers nor the Blue Jays have made any drastic changes to their lineup for Game 3 of the ALDS. Mitch Moreland gets the nod at first base this evening, while the only significant change the Blue Jays have made is this one:

In case you forgot, Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim was nearly struck by a beer can during the Jays-Orioles wild card game last week. Major League Baseball called for a ban on all canned beer in the seats earlier this week, and it appears the Blue Jays are ready to comply.

Lineups are below. The game is scheduled for a 7:30 PM EDT start.

RANGERS
1. Carlos Gomez (R) LF
2. Ian Desmond (R) CF
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
4. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B
5. Rougned Odor (L) 2B
6. Jonathan Lucroy (R) C
7. Mitch Moreland (L) 1B
8. Elvis Andrus (R) SS
9. Nomar Mazara (L) RF

BLUE JAYS
1. Ezequiel Carrera (L) LF
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B
3. Edwin Encarnacion (R) 1B
4. Jose Bautista (R) RF
5. Russell Martin (R) C
6. Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
7. Michael Saunders (L) DH
8. Kevin Pillar (R) CF
9. Darwin Barney (R) 2B

Report: Giants showed some interest in Phillies’ Maikel Franco at Winter Meetings

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Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that the Giants were “sniffing around” on Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco at the recently completed Winter Meetings.

Franco, 25, would be a nice buy-low candidate for the Giants, who don’t have a reliable third baseman yet. Currently, Pablo Sandoval would get the lion’s share of starts at the hot corner. Franco was a consensus top-100 prospect going into the 2014 and ’15 seasons, but hasn’t lived up to the hype over the last two seasons. In 2017, he hit .230/.281/.409 with 24 home runs and 76 RBI in 623 plate appearances.

Moving Franco wouldn’t necessarily solve any problems for the Phillies. After signing first baseman Carlos Santana, Rhys Hoskins is expected to play in the outfield full-time. As a result, the Phillies have too many outfielders with Odubel Herrera, Nick Williams, and Aaron Altherr. Technically, the Phillies could move Santana to third base as he has experience there, but he hasn’t played the hot corner since 2014.

Franco is arbitration eligible over the next four seasons, which might be the most attractive thing about him to other teams.