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.

B.J. Upton is going by B.J. Upton again

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Outfielder B.J. Upton went by the name B.J., short for Bossman Junior, through the 2014 season. His father Manny was known as Bossman, hence Bossman Junior. Upton decided he wanted to be referred to by his birth name Melvin starting in 2015, saying that everyone except baseball fans knew him by that name. Now, he’s back to B.J., Scott Boeck of USA TODAY Sports reports.

For those keeping score at home, Upton is the artist formerly and currently known as B.J.

Upton, 34, hasn’t played in the majors since 2016. He signed a minor league deal with the Indians in December 2017 but was released in the middle of last March and wasn’t able to latch on with another team. It seems unlikely he finds his way back to the majors.