NLDS Game 3 lineups: Giants vs. Reds

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Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the NLDS between the Giants and Reds, in Cincinnati:

   SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS           CINCINNATI REDS
1. Angel Pagan, CF             1. Brandon Phillips, 2B
2. Marco Scutaro, 2B           2. Zack Cozart, SS
3. Pablo Sandoval, 3B          3. Joey Votto, 1B
4. Buster Posey, C             4. Ryan Ludwick, LF
5. Hunter Pence, RF            5. Jay Bruce, RF
6. Brandon Belt, 1B            6. Scott Rolen, 3B
7. Gregor Blanco, LF           7. Ryan Hanigan, C
8. Brandon Crawford, SS        8. Drew Stubbs, CF
9. Ryan Vogelsong, SP          9. Homer Bailey, SP

Bruce Bochy and Dusty Baker are both using the exact same lineups they used in Game 1 and Game 2, so obviously the handedness of the starting pitchers involved doesn’t matter to either manager. Todd Frazier is on the Reds’ bench for the third straight game, as Baker sticks with veteran Scott Rolen at third base instead of the rookie who hit .273 with 19 homers and an .829 OPS in 465 regular season plate appearances.

Homer Bailey was initially scheduled to start Game 4, but that changed when Johnny Cueto exited the series-opener with a back injury and Mat Latos was needed in relief. Bailey tossed a no-hitter two weeks ago and finished the season with 13 straight shutout innings. And with their season on the line the Giants will turn to Ryan Vogelsong, who struggled for most of August and September before stringing together a few solid outings to finish the season.

Nathan Eovaldi to make 2018 debut for Rays soon

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Rays manager Kevin Cash said that pitcher Nathan Eovaldi will join the starting rotation on Monday or Tuesday to face the Athletics, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Eovaldi’s rehab outing with Triple-A Durham went well, even though he gave up eight runs in four innings.

Eovaldi, 28, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He had arthroscopic surgery in March to remove loose bodies in his elbow. It’s been a long road back. Knowing Eovaldi needed to recover from surgery, the Rays signed him to a one-year, $2 million contract in 2017 that included a $2 million club option for 2018 that they exercised last November.

When Eovaldi last pitched, he ranked among baseball’s hardest throwers, particularly among starters. He averaged 97.1 MPH on his fastball in 2016. Among starters who racked up at least 100 innings that season, only the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard had a higher average velocity (97.9 MPH). It remains to be seen if he still has that velocity after undergoing two procedures on his elbow.

The Rays will be glad to have Eovaldi back. The club has sustained injuries to Jake Faria, Yonny Chirinos, and Jose De Leon.