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.

Nationals to reinstate Max Scherzer on Thursday

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Some good news for the Nationals today: All-Star hurler Max Scherzer is due back from the injured list this week, this time (hopefully) for good. He’s slated to start during Thursday’s series finale against the Pirates.

It’s been a long road back for the right-hander, who earned his seventh consecutive All-Star designation after heading into the break with a 2.30 ERA, 5.6 fWAR, and a league-leading 7.56 SO/BB rate. An untimely back injury forced him to the injured list in the days leading up to the All-Star Game, however, and he hasn’t returned in any kind of part-time or full-time capacity since.

While Scherzer was originally expected to pitch for the Nationals sometime during their weekend series versus the Brewers, manager Dave Martinez elected to push back his return date by a few days. It’s not clear whether he felt some lingering pain during his 64-pitch simulated start on Saturday or whether the Nationals simply want to play it safe with their ace, but either way, the club apparently feels like Scherzer will be back to full strength before the end of the week.

If so, his return would be a significant asset to the Nationals, who could use a sub-3.00 ERA, 5.0-fWAR starter to help bolster their standing in the NL East. Still, there’s no guarantee that the veteran righty is ready to shoulder a full-time role in Washington’s rotation, nor is it certain that he’ll be able to match his results from the first half of the season. In one start between IL stints last month, he dealt five innings of three-run, two-walk, eight-strikeout ball in an 8-7 loss to the Rockies.