Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the Brewers-Cardinals series:
MILWAUKEE BREWERS ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
1. Corey Hart, RF 1. Rafael Furcal, SS
2. Jerry Hairston, 3B 2. Jon Jay, CF
3. Ryan Braun, LF 3. Albert Pujols, 1B
4. Prince Fielder, 1B 4. Lance Berkman, RF
5. Rickie Weeks, 2B 5. Matt Holliday, LF
6. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS 6. David Freese, 3B
7. Carlos Gomez, CF 7. Yadier Molina, C
8. Jonathan Lucroy, C 8. Nick Punto, 2B
SP Zack Greinke, RHP SP Jaime Garcia, LHP
With a left-hander on the mound for the Cardinals the Brewers have Carlos Gomez starting over Nyjer Morgan in their usual center field platoon and Corey Hart is back in the lineup after a one-day benching in favor of Mark Kotsay.
And with a right-hander on the mound for the Brewers the Cardinals have Lance Berkman back in there as the cleanup hitter following a one-game benching in favor of Allen Craig. Tony La Russa is going with Nick Punto over Ryan Theriot at second base.
Ichiro wore a fake mustache to sneak into the Mariners’ dugout
Ichiro Suzuki is now a Mariners employee and, as such, he’s not allowed to sit in the dugout during a game. That’s for coaches and players only.
He knows that, too. Indeed, on the day Ichiro announced his sorta-retirement, he talked about how it was going to be hard not to be down on the field with the other players. He even made a ridiculous joke about how, “[he] can’t say for certain that maybe [he] won’t put on a beard and glasses and be like Bobby Valentine and be in the dugout.”
In related news, this mysterious stranger was seen by an Associated Press photographer in the Mariners dugout during the first couple of innings of the M’s-Yankees game:
No beard, but I guess that joke was not very ridiculous after all. Either way, by the end of the second inning — poof — he was gone.
Obviously, when something interesting like this happens you mustache an expert for their opinion on the matter. To that end, the Associated Press reached Bobby Valentine, who famously did the same thing after an ejection way back in 1999, for comment:
“He was perfect. I never would have known it was him.”
Valentine was suspended for two games and fined $5,000. I’m assuming Ichiro won’t get hit quite as hard given that he wasn’t defying an umpire’s authority, but even if he does have to pay a fine, he’ll likely do so willingly.