Author: Aaron Gleeman

Clayton Kershaw

NLDS, Game 4: Dodgers vs. Cardinals lineups


Here are the lineups for Game 4 of the Dodgers-Cardinals series in St. Louis:

2B Dee Gordon
LF Carl Crawford
1B Adrian Gonzalez
RF Matt Kemp
SS Hanley Ramirez
CF Andre Ethier
3B Juan Uribe
C A.J. Ellis
SP Clayton Kershaw

In addition to making the call to start Clayton Kershaw on short rest manager Don Mattingly also made a big change by benching Yasiel Puig in favor of Andre Ethier. Puig is better than Ethier defensively and had a significantly higher OPS versus right-handers this season (.901 to .710), so this is Mattingly playing the small sample size/gut feeling game.

3B Matt Carpenter
RF Randal Grichuk
LF Matt Holliday
SS Jhonny Peralta
1B Matt Adams
C Yadier Molina
CF Jon Jay
2B Kolten Wong
SP Shelby Miller

Lefty-hitting rookie Kolten Wong was on the bench against Kershaw in Game 1, but after homering last night he’s in the lineup this time around instead of Pete Kozma. In fact, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is sticking with an identical lineup to Game 3.

Yankees interested in re-signing free agent Chase Headley

Chase Headley

According to Jon Heyman of the Yankees are interested in re-signing free agent third baseman Chase Headley, which is noteworthy because just last week manager Joe Girardi indicated that he expects Alex Rodriguez to resume starting at third base next season.

Headley played well for the Yankees after coming over in a July 22 trade from the Padres, hitting .262 with six homers and a .768 OPS in 58 games, but he’s been unable to rediscover the power he showed while hitting 31 homers and leading the league in RBIs in 2012.

Rodriguez could always shift to designated hitter, but the Yankees have a lot of older players on the roster who could also use at least occasional time at DH. For instance, Carlos Beltran spent most of this year at DH because elbow problems limited his ability to play right field.

Bill Mueller resigns as Cubs hitting coach

Bill Mueller

Cubs hitting coach Bill Mueller has resigned after one season on the job, according to Patrick Mooney of

Previously the Cubs reassigned assistant hitting coach Mike Brumley to another role within the organization.

Mueller was hired last November and the Cubs ranked 12th among NL teams in scoring this season. Mooney says the Cubs are looking for an experienced hitting coach to replace him, although there’s been some speculation that Manny Ramirez could be a candidate for the assistant hitting coach gig after getting rave reviews as a Triple-A player/coach.

Prior to joining manager Rick Renteria’s staff Mueller was a scout for the Dodgers and he played 11 seasons in the majors, including two with the Cubs.

Yadier Molina will not be suspended for shoving umpire

Yadier Molina Cardinals

During the Cardinals-Dodgers dust-up in Game 1 of the NLDS St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina shoved umpire Jerry Meals out of the way to continue his face-to-face shouting match with Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.

Molina was not ejected from the game, but clearly made contact with an umpire and … well, that’s a no-no.

Jon Heyman of reports that Molina will not receive a suspension from MLB, but “will be fined substantially.” No specifics about what that means, exactly, but presumably it’ll be more than the usual $5,000 variety. Molina is making $15 million this season.

Here’s video of benches clearing and Molina making contact with Meals:

Twins get permission to interview A’s bench coach Chip Hale

Bob Melvin, Chip Hale
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Minnesota has asked for and received permission to interview Oakland bench coach Chip Hale, who will also interview with Arizona.

Hale was a 17th-round draft pick by the Twins in 1987 and debuted with them in 1989, playing six of his seven seasons in Minnesota as a utility man. He’s been manager Bob Melvin’s right-hand man for three seasons, previously had a spot on the Mets’ coaching staff, and also managed in the minors.

He joins Paul Molitor, Doug Mientkiewicz, and John Russell as known candidates to replace Ron Gardenhire, who was fired last week after 13 seasons as Twins manager.