ALDS Game 5 lineups: Tigers vs. Athletics

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source: AP

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.

Nationals back off of minor league stipend cut

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Yesterday it was reported that the Washington Nationals would cut the weekly stipend paid to their minor leaguers from $400 a week to $300 per week through the end of June.

For frame of reference, MLB had agreed to pay all minor leaguers $400 per week through May 31. Several teams have agreed to extend that, with the Royals and Twins agreeing to do it all the way through the end of August. The Oakland A’s decided to stop the payments in their entirety as of today. The Nationals were unique in cutting $100 off of the checks.

The A’s and the Nationals have taken a great amount of flak for what they’ve done. The Nats move was immediately countered by Nationals major league players announcing that they would cover what the organization would not.

The A’s are, apparently, still sticking to their plan. The Nats, however, have reversed course:

One can easily imagine a situation in which Nats ownership just decided, cold-heartedly, to lop that hundred bucks off of each minor league check and not worry about a moment longer. What’s harder to imagine is what seems to have actually happened: the Nats did it without realizing that anyone would take issue with it, were surprised by the blowback, and then reversed course. Like, what kind of a bubble where they living in that they did not think people would consider that a low-rent thing to do?

In any event, good move, Nats, even if I cannot even begin to comprehend your thought process.