ALDS Game 4 lineups: Orioles vs. Yankees

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Here are the lineups for Game 4 of the ALDS between the Orioles and Yankees, in New York:

   BALTIMORE ORIOLES              NEW YORK YANKEES
1. Nate McLouth, LF              1. Derek Jeter, DH
2. J.J. Hardy, SS                   2. Ichiro Suzuki, LF
3. Chris Davis, RF                3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Adam Jones, CF                 4. Robinson Cano, 2B
5. Matt Wieters, C                  5. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
6. Jim Thome, DH                   6. Nick Swisher, RF
7. Mark Reynolds, 1B             7. Russell Martin, C
8. Ryan Flaherty, 2B              8. Curtis Granderson, CF
9. Manny Machado 3B             9. Jayson Nix, SS

SP Joe Saunders, LHP            SP Phil Hughes, RHP

With his team’s back up against the wall, Buck Showalter will use the same lineup he did in Game 3. Joe Saunders is back on the hill for the Orioles after allowing one run over 5 2/3 innings in the one-game Wild Card playoff game against the Rangers last Friday.

The Yankees have made a number of changes following their dramatic victory last night. Derek Jeter is in the lineup after leaving last night’s game with an injury to his left foot, but he’ll serve as the designated hitter. Meanwhile, Jayson Nix will fill in at shortstop. Alex Rodriguez is back at third base after serving as the DH last night and later being pinch-hit for by Raul Ibanez, but he’ll slide down to the fifth spot in the order. Mark Teixeira will hit third while Nick Swisher and Curtis Granderson both slide down a spot. Notable by his absence is Ibanez, who will once again be available off the bench as a late-inning pinch-hit threat.

Yasmani Grandal signs a four-year, $73 million deal with the White Sox

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The first truly big free agent signing of the offseason has gone down: the Chicago White Sox just announced that they have signed catcher Yasmani Grandal to a four-year, $73 million deal.

Grandal, 31, was the best catcher available in free agency. He is coming off a fine year with the Milwaukee Brewers, with whom he had to settle for a one-year pact in 2019. He hit .246/.380/.468 with 28 homers and 77 driven in. It was his fourth straight season with 20+ homers. While his catching has been criticized due to some high-profile mistakes in the postseason, the two-time All-Star once again proved himself to be one of the best pitch-framers in the game if not the best. Between the bat and the glove he has a claim to being one of the best all-around catchers in baseball.

The signing leaves open the question of what happens to James McCann, who was himself an All-Star this year. It’s not that hard a question, of course, as Grandal is a far superior catcher to McCann in every respect. The Sox could make McCann a backup. Alternatively, they could try to trade him to fill other holes on the roster.

The White Sox finished 72-89 in 2019 but are showing signs of coming out of rebuilding mode and into contention mode. This signing pushes them a big step into that direction.