ALDS Game 5 lineups: Tigers vs. Athletics

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It’s do-or-die time. Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the ALDS between the Tigers and A’s. First pitch is scheduled for 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. Seth Smith, DH
5. Delmon Young, DH          5. Josh Reddick, RF
6. Andy Dirks, RF            6. Josh Donaldson, 3B
7. Jhonny Peralta, SS        7. Brandon Moss, 1B
8. Alex Avila, C             8. Derek Norris, C
9. Omar Infante 2B          9. Cliff Pennington, 2B

SP Justin Verlander, RHP          SP Jarrod Parker, RHP

No changes from last night’s lineup for the Tigers. Justin Verlander will pitch the decisive Game 5 after allowing one run over seven innings while striking out 11 in a Game 1 victory last Saturday.

The Athletics, meanwhile, have made a couple of changes. Seth Smith, who had the game-tying two-run double in the ninth inning last night, will move into the cleanup spot while Brandon Moss slides down to seventh. They have essentially swapped places in the order. Moss is 1-for-13 with seven strikeouts during the series. Jarrod Parker is back for the A’s after allowing three runs (two earned) over 6 1/3 innings in a Game 1 loss last Saturday.

Feel free to discuss the game in the comments section.

Pirates hire Ben Cherington as their new general manager

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.

Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.

Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.

The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.