ALDS Game 5 lineups: Orioles vs. Yankees

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Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the ALDS between the Orioles and Yankees, in New York:

   BALTIMORE ORIOLES              NEW YORK YANKEES
1. Nate McLouth, LF              1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. J.J. Hardy, SS                2. Ichiro Suzuki, LF
3. Adam Jones, CF                3. Robinson Cano, 2B
4. Chris Davis, RF               4. Mark Teixeira, 1B
5. Matt Wieters, C               5. Raul Ibanez, DH
6. Manny Machado, 3B             6. Nick Swisher, RF
7. Mark Reynolds, 1B             7. Curtis Granderson, CF
8. Lew Ford, DH                  8. Russell Martin, C
9. Robert Andino, 2B             9. Eric Chavez, 3B

SP Jason Hammel, RHP             SP CC Sabathia, LHP

Buck Showalter is going with a slightly different lineup than he used against CC Sabathia in Game 1 of the series, picking Chris Davis as his cleanup hitter (Davis batted seventh in Game 1) and moving Manny Machado ahead of Mark Reynolds. And, like in Game 1, he’s benched Jim Thome versus a left-hander and given the designated hitter start to Lew Ford.

Last night Joe Girardi moved Alex Rodriguez from third to fifth in the order, eventually pinch-hitting for him. And tonight A-Rod is out of the lineup completely, getting benched in favor Eric Chavez while Raul Ibanez takes over as the No. 5 hitter. Girardi also moved Robinson Cano up from fourth to third to have the switch-hitting Mark Teixeira in between lefties Cano and Ibanez. Derek Jeter and Russell Martin are the only right-handed hitters in the lineup against Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel.

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.