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.
Veteran reliever Fernando Rodney has been designated for assignment, the Athletics announced Saturday. In a corresponding move, the club selected the contract of lefty reliever Wei-Chung Wang from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Rodney, 42, struggled to find his footing at the start of his second season with the A’s. He appeared in 17 games this spring, but harbored an unsightly 9.42 ERA during the span of just 14 1/3 innings, flanked by an equally disheartening 7.5 BB/9 against his 8.8 SO/9. While the right-hander isn’t far removed from his last productive campaign in the majors — as evidenced by the cumulative 3.36 ERA and 25 saves he delivered for the Twins and A’s in 2018 — the club evidently felt ready to take things in a different direction this season.
It’s still unclear whether this will mark the end of Rodney’s time in Major League Baseball; if so, he’ll finish a 17-year track in the majors with three All-Star designations, 908 career strikeouts, and 325 career saves (best among all active pitchers and 18th-best overall).
Without Rodney, the Athletics will look to former Brewers reliever Wang to bolster a bullpen that currently ranks fifth-best in the American League. The 27-year-old lefty hasn’t stepped on a major-league mound since 2017, but recently impressed in Triple-A after inking a minors contract with the team in February. He holds a 3.75 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and 8.3 SO/9 through his first 24 innings with the organization.