ALCS Game 3 lineups: Yankees vs. Tigers

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Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the ALCS between the Yankees and Tigers, in Detroit:

   NEW YORK YANKEES               DETROIT TIGERS
1. Brett Gardner, LF           1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Ichiro Suzuki, RF           2. Quintin Berry, LF
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B           3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
4. Robinson Cano, 2B           4. Prince Fielder, 1B
5. Raul Ibanez, DH             5. Delmon Young, DH
6. Russell Martin, C           6. Andy Dirks, RF
7. Eric Chavez, 3B             7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
8. Curtis Granderson, CF       8. Alex Avila, C
9. Eduardo Nunez, SS           9. Omar Infante, 2B

SP Phil Hughes, SP             SP Justin Verlander, RH

Joe Girardi has shaken up the Yankees’ lineup yet again. Alex Rodriguez is benched in favor of Eric Chavez, Eduardo Nunez takes over for Jayson Nix as Derek Jeter’s replacement, and Brett Gardner draws the leadoff assignment while pushing Nick Swisher to the bench. Robinson Cano, despite his struggles, is hitting cleanup. That’s a helluva group to trot out versus Justin Verlander, although it’s not like Girardi has a ton of appealing options right now.

Jim Leyland is sticking with his standard lineup against right-handers after Detroit scored three runs off Hiroki Kuroda in Game 2.

The first pitch is scheduled for 8:00 ET, so feel free to hang out in the comments section.

Nathan Eovaldi to make 2018 debut for Rays soon

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Rays manager Kevin Cash said that pitcher Nathan Eovaldi will join the starting rotation on Monday or Tuesday to face the Athletics, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Eovaldi’s rehab outing with Triple-A Durham went well, even though he gave up eight runs in four innings.

Eovaldi, 28, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He had arthroscopic surgery in March to remove loose bodies in his elbow. It’s been a long road back. Knowing Eovaldi needed to recover from surgery, the Rays signed him to a one-year, $2 million contract in 2017 that included a $2 million club option for 2018 that they exercised last November.

When Eovaldi last pitched, he ranked among baseball’s hardest throwers, particularly among starters. He averaged 97.1 MPH on his fastball in 2016. Among starters who racked up at least 100 innings that season, only the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard had a higher average velocity (97.9 MPH). It remains to be seen if he still has that velocity after undergoing two procedures on his elbow.

The Rays will be glad to have Eovaldi back. The club has sustained injuries to Jake Faria, Yonny Chirinos, and Jose De Leon.