ALDS Game 3 lineups: Tigers vs. A’s

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source: AP

Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the ALDS between the Tigers and A’s, in Oakland:

   DETROIT TIGERS                 OAKLAND A'S
1. Austin Jackson, CF          1. Coco Crisp, CF
2. Omar Infante, 2B            2. Stephen Drew, SS
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B          3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
4. Prince Fielder, 1B          4. Brandon Moss, 1B
5. Delmon Young, DH            5. Josh Reddick, RF
6. Jhonny Peralta, SS          6. Josh Donaldson, 3B
7. Andy Dirks, LF              7. Seth Smith, DH
8. Avisail Garcia, RF          8. Derek Norris, C
9. Gerald Laird, C             9. Cliff Pennington, 2B

SP Anibal Sanchez, RHP         SP Brett Anderson, LHP

Detroit is using all right-handed starting pitchers this series, which means Oakland is going with the left-handed-hitting half of manager Bob Melvin’s various platoons. Except for at catcher, where Derek Norris is back in the lineup after giving way to George Kottaras in Game 2.

Jim Leyland doesn’t platoon quite as much, but for the second straight game he’s going with the right-handed-hitting Gerald Laird behind the plate instead of the left-handed-hitting Alex Avila because the A’s are using a southpaw starter. And that southpaw starter, Brett Anderson, is pitching for the first time since injuring his oblique on September 19.

Mets sign Matt Kemp to minor league deal

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The Mets have had a lot of injuries in their outfield. How many? So many that they’re bringing in Matt Kemp, who they just signed on a minor league deal. Hey, why not? He’s functionally free.

Kemp was released by the Reds earlier this month after batting just .200/.210/.283 over 62 plate appearances. While he was a pretty useful player for the first half of the 2018 season for the Dodgers, the odds of him making major contributions to the Mets this year are probably about the same odds there were on Adrián González making an impact when the Mets signed him last year. But again: what’s the harm?