Author: Aaron Gleeman

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NLDS, Game 1: Giants vs. Nationals lineups


Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the Giants-Nationals series in Washington:

CF Gregor Blanco
2B Joe Panik
C Buster Posey
3B Pablo Sandoval
RF Hunter Pence
1B Brandon Belt
SS Brandon Crawford
LF Travis Ishikawa
SP Jake Peavy

San Francisco goes with the same lineup it used in the Wild Card Game, with the only difference being Jake Peavy instead of Madison Bumgarner at pitcher. Travis Ishikawa gets another start in the outfield, where he’d started a grand total of three times in his career before the postseason began.

CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
LF Bryce Harper
C Wilson Ramos
2B Asdrubal Cabrera
SP Stephen Strasburg

Ryan Zimmerman is not in the Nationals’ lineup, as manager Matt Williams has decided to start Asdrubal Cabrera over him while keeping Anthony Rendon at third base. Cabrera was acquired from the Indians on July 31 and hit .229 with a .700 OPS in 49 games for the Nationals. Zimmerman spent most of the season on the disabled list and started just four games after August 1.

Tigers remove Rajai Davis from Game 2 with groin injury

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Rajai Davis was questionable to make the Tigers’ playoff roster because of a groin injury. He ended up starting each of the first two games of the ALDS, but was clearly playing at less than full strength while limping around.

Davis looked particularly rough after lining a ball into the left field corner in the third inning this afternoon and when one of the majors’ fastest players made it only to first base on the hit the Tigers decided they’d seen enough.

Manager Brad Ausmus pulled Davis from the game, replacing him in center field with Ezequiel Carrera.

Detroit could remove Davis from the roster and replace him with another player for the remainder of the ALDS, but that would mean he’d also be ineligible to return until the World Series.

Greg Colbrunn steps down as Red Sox hitting coach

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Greg Colbrunn, who spent time away from the Red Sox in June and July after being hospitalized for a brain hemorrhage, has “has elected not to return” as hitting coach for 2015.

Colbrunn indicated that he wants to spend more time with his family and no doubt the serious health scare–and the six-week absence from the team that followed–made the 45-year-old reconsider a lot of things.

Last season Boston led the majors in scoring, but this year the offense dropped to 11th in the American League.

Video: Steve Pearce thought he hit a homer, got thrown out at second base

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Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce thought he hit a homer off Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer, so he took his time trotting to first base. Except it wasn’t a homer, and when the ball bounced off the wall Tigers left fielder J.D. Martinez threw him out at second base.

Not a great slide, either.

AL homer leader Nelson Cruz hits two-run homer in Game 1

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Orioles designated hitter Nelson Cruz, who led the American League with 40 homers, kicked off the scoring in Game 1 of the ALDS with a two-run homer off Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer.

This is the 35th playoff game of Cruz’s career and he’s hit 15 homers with a .709 slugging percentage.

Detroit tied things up the next half-inning with a pair of solo homers from Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez.