NLCS Game 2 lineups: Cardinals vs. Brewers

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Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the Cardinals-Brewers series:

   ST. LOUIS CARDINALS          MILWAUKEE BREWERS
1. Rafael Furcal, SS         1. Corey Hart, RF
2. Jon Jay, CF               2. Nyjer Morgan, CF
3. Albert Pujols, 1B         3. Ryan Braun, LF
4. Matt Holliday, LF         4. Prince Fielder, 1B
5. Lance Berkman, RF         5. Rickie Weeks, 2B
6. Yadier Molina, C          6. Jerry Hairston, 3B
7. David Freese, 3B          7. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
8. Nick Punto, 2B            8. Jonathan Lucroy, C

SP Edwin Jackson, RHP        SP Shaun Marcum, RHP

After facing a left-hander in Game 1 the Brewers switch up the lineup to their standard alignment versus right-handers, which means Carlos Gomez to the bench, Nyjer Morgan in center field and batting second, and Jerry Hairston sliding down from No. 2 to No. 6.

St. Louis is shaking things up even further despite facing a right-hander in Game 1, as Tony La Russa has flip-flopped Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman in the cleanup spot behind Albert Pujols while starting Nick Punto over Ryan Theriot at second base.

Astros’ Verlander to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season

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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.

“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.

He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.

“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”

Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.

“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.

“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”

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