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NLDS, Game 1: Cardinals vs. Dodgers


Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the Cardinals-Dodgers series in Los Angeles:

3B Matt Carpenter
RF Randal Grichuk
LF Matt Holliday
SS Jhonny Peralta
C Yadier Molina
1B Matt Adams
2B Pete Kozma
CF Jon Jay
SP Adam Wainwright

Mike Matheny goes with right-handed hitters Randal Grichuk and Pete Kozma against left-hander Clayton Kershaw, choosing to bench rookies Oscar Tavereas and Kolten Wong. However, lefty bats Matt Adams and Jon Jay (and Matt Carpenter) are in the lineup. Kozma starting Game 1 of the playoffs is a possibility most Cardinals fans thought ceased to exist a while back, yet here we are again.

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

Pretty standard lineup for the Dodgers or at least a pretty standard lineup for when everyone is healthy at the same time.

Octavio Dotel is retiring after 15 seasons for 13 teams

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Octavio Dotel, who missed all of this season with elbow problems, has decided to retire rather than try another comeback at age 40, according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish.

Dotel had a remarkable career, pitching 15 seasons for 13 different teams despite not debuting until age 25, not finding his full-time home in the bullpen until age 27, and often dealing with arm troubles.

Armed with a good fastball and sharp-breaking slider, Dotel went from struggling as a starter to making 724 relief appearances with a 3.32 ERA and .207 opponents’ batting average while racking up 955 strikeouts in 760 innings.

His career strikeout rate of 10.8 per nine innings is the best in the history of baseball for right-handed pitchers with at least 900 innings. Directly behind him on the list are Kerry Wood and Pedro Martinez.

NLDS, Game 1: Giants vs. Nationals lineups

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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.