World Series Game 2 lineups: Tigers vs. Giants

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Here are the lineups for Game 2 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. Gerald Laird, C               8. Brandon Crawford, SS
9. Doug Fister, SP               9. Madison Bumgarner, SP

Alex Avila started against a left-hander in Game 1 for the first time since September 1, but after going 0-for-3 with a walk he’s on the bench for Game 2 versus a lefty in favor of Gerald Laird. That’s the lone lineup change from Jim Leyland, who once again has GIF-generator Delmon Young in left field to keep his bat in the lineup when the Tigers don’t have the designated hitter.

Bruce Bochy is going with the exact same lineup he used in Game 1. And why not, because the Giants beat Justin Verlander and are now facing another right-hander in Doug Fister. The big question tonight is whether the good or bad Madison Bumgarner will show up for San Francisco.

Rangers don’t plan to make qualifying offer to Adrián Beltré

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Rangers GM Jon Daniels said he doesn’t expect the club to make a $17.9 million qualifying offer to free agent third baseman Adrián Beltré, MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports. Daniels has been in touch with the 39-year-old, who may retire.

Beltré battled hip and hamstring issues throughout the past season, limiting him to 119 games. He hit .273/.328/.434 with 15 home runs and 65 RBI in 481 plate appearances. Going by adjusted OPS, his mark of 98 — 100 is average — was his lowest in a season since 2009 with the Mariners. Beltré’s career average is 116 and he put up a 132 in 2017 and 128 in ’16.

Beltré appears to have some stuff left in the tank. He may not be an All-Star-caliber player anymore, but he can still hit at an average level and he is still an above-average defender. It’s just a matter of his body holding up to allow him to do what he needs to do. If Beltré does decide to re-up with the Rangers for 2019, the club will be prepared to move Isiah Kiner-Falefa or Jurickson Profar over to the hot corner as they did in 2018 in the event Beltré gets bitten by the injury bug.