Here’s the Giants’ lineup for Game 5 of the NLCS tonight against Roy Halladay:
1. Andres Torres, CF
2. Freddy Sanchez, 2B
3. Aubrey Huff, 1B
4. Buster Posey, C
5. Pat Burrell, LF
6. Cody Ross, RF
7. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
8. Juan Uribe, SS
9. Tim Lincecum, P
Despite facing a right-hander last night and tonight, Bruce Bochy has made several changes to the Giants’ lineup for Game 5. Torres and Uribe are back in after being benched for Aaron Rowand and Edgar Renteria in Game 4, with Torres taking Renteria’s leadoff spot and Uribe replacing Rowand in front of the pitcher.
Bochy started Mike Fontenot at third base against Halladay in Game 1 of the series, but has opted to go with Sandoval at the hot corner this time around after he delivered a key hit last night.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms a report from journalist Américo Celado that White Sox catcher Welington Castillo will be suspended 80 games for violating baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement. Castillo was believed to have used a steroid, but according to Rosenthal, the substance was not a steroid. More details should come on Thursday.
Castillo, 31, entered Wednesday’s action batting .270/.314/.477 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 118 plate appearances. He has gotten the bulk of the work behind the plate, backed up by Omar Narváez.
Castillo’s absence will likely prompt the White Sox to call up Kevan Smith from Triple-A Charlotte. Smith battled an ankle injury in March and April, so he got a late start to the season. In 102 PA at Triple-A, he has hit .283/.343/.457.