ALDS Game 4 lineups: Tigers vs. A’s

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Here are the lineups for Game 4 of the ALDS between the Tigers and A’s. First pitch is 9:37 p.m. ET:

DETROIT TIGERS               OAKLAND ATHLETICS
1. Austin Jackson, CF        1. Coco Crisp, CF
2. Quintin Berry, LF         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. Andy Dirks, RF            6. Josh Donaldson, 3B
7. Jhonny Peralta, SS        7. Seth Smith, DH
8. Alex Avila, C             8. Derek Norris, C
9. Omar Infante, 2B          9. Cliff Pennington, 2B

SP Max Scherzer, RH          SP A.J. Griffin, RH

The Tigers have made a couple of lineup changes after losing to left-hander Brett Anderson in Game 3 on Tuesday night. Berry is back in left field, Dirks is back in right and Avisail Garcia will open on the bench. Also, Avila is back behind the plate following a rare Gerald Laird start on Tuesday.

The A’s are sticking with the same batting order that kept them alive in Game 3.

Detroit leads the five-game series 2-1. This one will be broadcast on TNT.

Aaron Hicks would like to avoid Tommy John surgery

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The Yankees’ 2019 run ended in heartbreak on Saturday night when, despite a stunning ninth-inning comeback, they fell 6-4 to the Astros and officially lost their bid for the AL pennant. Now, facing a long offseason, there are a few decisions to be made.

One of those falls on the shoulders of outfielder Aaron Hicks, who told reporters that he “thinks he can continue playing without Tommy John surgery.” It’s unclear whose recommendation he’s basing that decision on, however, as MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch points out that Tommy John surgery was recommended during the slugger’s most recent meeting with Dr. Neal ELAttrache.

Hicks originally sustained a season-ending right flexor strain in early August and held several consultations with ElAttrache and the Yankees’ physician in the months that followed. He spent two and a half months on the 60-day injured list and finally returned to the Yankees’ roster during the ALCS, in which he went 2-for-13 with a base hit and a Game 5 three-run homer against the Astros.

Of course, a handful of strong performances doesn’t definitively prove that the outfielder is fully healed — or that he’ll be able to avoid aggravating the injury with further activity. Granted, Tommy John surgery isn’t a minor procedure; it’s one that requires up to a year of rest and rehabilitation before most players are cleared to throw again. Should Hicks wait to reverse his decision until he reports for spring training in 2020, though, it could push his return date out by another six months or so.