NLCS Game 6 lineups: Cardinals vs. Brewers

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Below are the starting lineups for Game 6 of the NLCS between the Cardinals and Brewers, set to get underway at 8:05 p.m. ET in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The roof will be closed and the crowd will be rocking at Miller Park:

  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. Lance Berkman, RF          4. Prince Fielder, 1B
5. Matt Holliday, LF          5. Rickie Weeks, 2B
6. David Freese, 3B           6. Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B
7. Yadier Molina, C           7. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
8. Nick Punto, 2B             8. Jonathan Lucroy, C
9. Edwin Jackson, RHP         9. Shaun Marcum, RHP

The Cardinals are featuring the same batting order that netted them a 7-1 victory Friday in Game 5. Punto, a better defensive option than Ryan Theriot, remains at second base.

“Tony Plush” is back in the Brewers’ starting lineup for Game 6 after sitting out Game 5 in St. Louis against left-hander Jaime Garcia. He’s just 5-for-26 (.192/.300/.269) since the start of the postseason.

Clayton Kershaw might return to the Dodgers’ rotation next week

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Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says Kershaw could forgo a minor league assignment and slot back into the rotation by Thursday.

Kershaw, 30, was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis as the team closed out their Mexico Series at the start of the month. He has not made a start in several weeks, but was finally able to resume throwing on Sunday and managed to get through two successful bullpen sessions. Though Dodgers’ ace hasn’t been completely injury-free over his 11-year career in the majors, this is the first significant issue he’s had with his pitching arm so far. The team is expected to take every precaution with the lefty, and will likely limit him to just four innings during Saturday’s simulated game.

Prior to his injury, Kershaw was working on another dominant run with the club, sporting a 2.86 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through his first 44 innings of the season. While Kershaw, Hill and left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu served their respective terms on the disabled list this month, the Dodgers utilized a combination of relievers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, both of whom impressed during their limited time in the rotation.