ALDS Game 5 lineups: Tigers vs. Yankees

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Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the Tigers-Yankees series tonight:

   DETROIT TIGERS                  NEW YORK YANKEES
1. Austin Jackson, CF           1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Don Kelly, 3B                2. Curtis Granderson, CF
3. Delmon Young, LF             3. Robinson Cano, 2B
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B           4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Victor Martinez, DH          5. Mark Teixeira, 1B
6. Magglio Ordonez, RF          6. Nick Swisher, RF
7. Alex Avila, C                7. Jorge Posada, DH
8. Jhonny Peralta, SS           8. Russell Martin, C
9. Ramon Santiago, 2B           9. Brett Gardner, LF

SP Doug Fister, RHP             SP Ivan Nova, RHP

Wilson Betemit is 0-for-10 in the series and rather than turn to Brandon Inge manager Jim Leyland has opted to go with Don Kelly at third base. Kelly is 3-for-7 in the series, but he’s also a 31-year-old career .240 hitter with a ghastly .285 on-base percentage and .363 slugging percentage in 287 games and has logged just 444 innings at third base in the majors. Starting him at third base in a do-or-die game is an odd move and batting him second in the order is even weirder. It also means the three guys hitting directly in front of cleanup man Miguel Cabrera had on-base percentages of .317, .302, and .291 this year.

No changes for the Yankees, who’re sticking with the exact same lineup they used in each of the first four games of the series.

Steven Wright undergoes procedures on left knee

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The Red Sox announced that starter Steven Wright underwent a left knee arthroscopy and debridement on Monday in New York. There is no timetable yet for his recovery, so it is still not known if he will be ready for spring training.

Wright, 34, was bothered by left knee issues throughout the 2018 season. He made four starts and 16 relief appearances totaling 53 2/3 innings, posting a 2.68 ERA with 42 strikeouts and 26 walks. Wright was on the ALDS roster but was removed due to the knee issue and did not appear in the postseason.

Wright is entering his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. He is due a raise on his $1.1 million salary. The Red Sox could non-tender him, but that seems unlikely.