ALCS Game 5 lineups: Rangers vs. Tigers

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

   TEXAS RANGERS              DETROIT TIGERS
1. Ian Kinsler, 2B         1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Elvis Andrus, SS        2. Ryan Raburn, RF
3. Josh Hamilton, CF       3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
4. Michael Young, DH       4. Victor Martinez, DH
5. Adrian Beltre, 3B       5. Delmon Young, LF
6. Mike Napoli, C          6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
7. Nelson Cruz, RF         7. Brandon Inge, 3B
8. David Murphy, LF        8. Alex Avila, C
9. Mitch Moreland, 1B      9. Ramon Santiago, 2B

SP C.J. Wilson, LHP        SP Justin Verlander, RHP

Mitch Moreland is back in the Rangers’ lineup after a two-game benching, with Michael Young resuming designated hitter duties and Yorvit Torrealba heading to the bench. The rest of Texas’ lineup is the same as Game 4, with David Murphy getting the nod again in left field over Craig Gentry and Endy Chavez.

With left-hander C.J. Wilson on the mound Jim Leyland is using the same lineup he used last night against southpaw Matt Harrison, but he’s changed the batting order up. Jhonny Peralta moves from No. 7 to No. 6 and Brandon Inge moves from No. 9 to No. 7, while Ramon Santiago drops from No. 8 to No. 9 and the slumping, banged up Alex Avila drops from No. 6 to No. 8. Avila is just 2-for-33 (.061) with 14 strikeouts in the postseason while playing through a knee injury.

Brandon Crawford homers off brother-in-law Gerrit Cole

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You can’t pick your family and no one knows that better than Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. His sister Amy married Astros starter Gerrit Cole in November 2016, so the two players are brothers-in-law.

The two players have matched up against each other 18 times in the past, as Cole spent his first five seasons in the National League with the Pirates. Cole often won that battle, holding Crawford to four hits — all singles — in 18 plate appearances.

Crawford finally got the better of Cole on Tuesday night, hitting a line drive into the appropriately-named Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park for a two-run home run, cutting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.