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.

Dustin Pedroia suffers a “significant setback” in his recovery

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Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has suffered “a significant setback” with his left knee, making his availability for spring training questionable. Abraham says that Pedroia is “discussing his options with his family, agents, and the Sox.”

Pedroia underwent “knee joint preservation” surgery last year, which is often used as an alternative to full knee replacement. As it was, he played in only three games in 2018 and appeared in just six games in 2019, accruing just three hits in 34 plate appearances.

In light of the severity of his injury, the severity of his surgery and all of the time he’s missed over the past few years, it was already something of a long shot for Pedroia play again as it was. Indeed, he himself was not even sure if he’d play again when asked at one point last season. But this sounds positively dire.