NLCS Game 6 lineups: Cardinals vs. Giants

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Here are the lineups for Game 6 of the NLCS between the Cardinals and Giants in San Francisco:

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS           SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
1. Jon Jay, CF                1. Angel Pagan, CF
2. Carlos Beltran, RF         2. Marco Scutaro, 2B
3. Matt Holliday, LF          3. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
4. Allen Craig, 1B            4. Buster Posey, C
5. Yadier Molina, C           5. Hunter Pence, RF
6. David Freese, 3B           6. Brandon Belt, 1B
7. Daniel Descalso, 2B        7. Gregor Blanco, LF
8. Pete Kozma, SS             8. Brandon Crawford, SS
9. Chris Carpenter, RHP       9. Ryan Vogelsong, RHP

The Cardinals will feature their standard batting order with Beltran’s knee holding strong.

For the Giants, it’s the exact same lineup from Friday night’s Game 5 victory in St. Louis. They moved Pence out of the No. 5 spot in Game 4 but wound up losing and have decided against reverting back to that look.

This NLCS Game 6 will be broadcast on FOX. First pitch is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. ET.

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.