NLDS Game 2 lineups: Diamondbacks vs. Brewers

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Here are the starting lineups for Game 2 of the NLDS between the Diamondbacks and Brewers. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. ET.

   ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS          MILWAUKEE BREWERS
1. Willie Bloomquist, SS      1. Corey Hart, RF
2. Aaron Hill, 2B             2. Nyjer Morgan, CF
3. Justin Upton, RF           3. Ryan Braun, LF
4. Miguel Montero, C          4. Prince Fielder, 1B
5. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B       5. Rickie Weeks, 2B
6. Chris Young, CF            6. Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B
7. Ryan Roberts, 3B           7. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
8. Manny Parra, LF            8. Jonathan Lucroy, C
9. Daniel Hudson, RHP         9. Zack Greinke, RHP

Lyle Overbay went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Saturday’s Game 1 loss, so Goldschmidt gets the start in Game 2. The powerful rookie first baseman tallied eight home runs alongside a .250/.333/.474 batting line in 48 regular-season games.

The Brewers are featuring the same lineup that led them to a 4-1 victory in Game 1. There was some thought that Casey McGehee might start at third base, but Hairston had an RBI Saturday and is the better defender.

Tigers sign Josh Thole to minors deal

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The Tigers signed catcher Josh Thole to a minor league deal, per an announcement from the Double-A Erie SeaWolves on Friday. Thole is expected to report to Double-A Erie, where he’ll split time with starting catcher Jake Rogers.

Thole, 31, has not appeared in a major or minor league game since 2016. He signed a minors deal with the Diamondbacks back in 2017, but was sidelined through most of the season after undergoing hamstring surgery in April. He was released by the team during spring training and failed to catch on with another major league club through the first two months of the 2018 season.

While the veteran backstop hasn’t tested his skills in pro ball for several years now, he held his own during a short-lived run with the independent New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League. Over 17 games in 2018, Thole batted .317/.425/.367 with three extra-base hits and a .791 OPS in 75 plate appearances. He’s expected to serve as catching depth within the Tigers’ organization, but may yet work his way back to the majors if he can get his average back over the Mendoza Line again — a feat he hasn’t managed since 2015.