World Series Game 1 lineups: Tigers vs. Giants

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Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the World Series between the Tigers and Giants, in San Francisco:

DETROIT TIGERS                   SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
1. Austin Jackson, CF            1. Angel Pagan, CF
2. Omar Infante, 2B              2. Marco Scutaro, 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B            3. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
4. Prince Fielder, 1B            4. Buster Posey, C
5. Delmon Young, LF              5. Hunter Pence, RF
6. Jhonny Peralta, SS            6. Brandon Belt, 1B
7. Avisail Garcia, RF            7. Gregor Blanco, LF
8. Alex Avila, C                 8. Brandon Crawford, SS
9. Justin Verlander, SP          9. Barry Zito, SP

Playing under NL rules takes the designated hitter away from the Tigers, so manager Jim Leyland has Delmon Young in left field and Andy Dirks on the bench. Young is terrible defensively, but came through offensively in the ALCS and having him in the lineup against left-hander Barry Zito makes sense. Leyland has typically benched Alex Avila in favor of Gerald Laird versus lefties, but Avila is behind the plate tonight catching Justin Verlander.

Bruce Bochy is going with his standard lineup versus right-handed pitching, which includes Buster Posey catching and cleaning up, Pablo Sandoval batting in front of him, and Gregor Blanco in left field while Melky Cabrera remains absent from the playoff roster.

Masahiro Tanaka to throw off a mound this weekend

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Earlier this month Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka strained both of his hamstrings while running the bases in an interleague game against the Mets and was sent to the 10-day DL. Today it was announced that the beginning of the end of most DL stints for pitchers — throwing off of a mound — is in Tanaka’s immediate future.

Tanaka is scheduled to throw off a mound Sunday, which will be his first real (well, fake real) pitching action since the June 9th injury. Assuming the session goes well, Tanaka is expected to return to the Yankees’ starting rotation sometime in early-to-mid July. With the All-Star break coming the week of July 16, it would not be hard to imagine the Yankees giving him a few extra days to get right.

Tanaka is 7-2 with a 4.58 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 73/19 in 72.2 innings on the season.