UPDATE: Jeff Loria denies ordering the Jose Fernandez-Ricky Nolasco flip-flop

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UPDATE: Now Rosenthal reports that Loria denies ordering the switch. This is the most interesting thing the Marlins have done all season so far.

11:32 AMWe wrote the other day about how the Marlins flip-flopped Jose Fernandez and Ricky Nolasco in the doubleheader against the Twins earlier this week.  Today Jeff Passan reports that it wasn’t an organizational decision as such. It was a Jeff Loria decision.  He personally demanded that the pitchers switch games, which went against the set rotation, violated baseball protocol in such situations and angered Nolasco and some others on the team.

But here’s the best part: Loria’s reasoning for the switch — to keep Fernandez out of the colder temperatures in the night game — actually backfired:

Loria insisted Fernandez, the team’s prized 20-year-old rookie, pitch in the first half of the doubleheader at frigid Target Field instead of the scheduled Nolasco because the day game was expected to be warmer. The temperature at Fernandez’s first pitch (38 degrees) was actually colder than at the beginning of Nolasco’s start (42 degrees).

Jeff Loria: Tries to do the wrong thing, screws up, still does the wrong thing.

ALCS Game 3 lineups announced: Jose Altuve will DH, Rafael Devers sits

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As expected, Jose Altuve will serve as the designated hitter for Game 3 of the ALCS against the Red Sox this afternoon.

Altuve has been bothered by a right knee injury, so A.J. Hinch has chosen to give his legs a bit of a breather. In his place at the keystone will be Marwin Gonzalez, putting Tony Kemp in left field. Brian McCann is behind the plate.

For Boston, a lefty on the mound means that Rafael Devers will sit in favor of Eduardo Nunez at third base while Christian Vazquez will do the catching.

Red Sox

1. Mookie Betts (R) RF
2. Andrew Benintendi (L) LF
3. J.D. Martinez (R) DH
4. Xander Bogaerts (R)  SS
5. Steve Pearce (R) 1B
6. Eduard Nunez (R) 3B
7. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B
8. Christian Vazquez (R) C
9. Jackie Bradley Jr. (L)  CF

Astros

1. George Springer (R) CF
2. Jose Altuve (R) DH
3. Alex Bregman (R) 3B
4. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B
5. Marwin Gonzalez (S) 2B
6. Josh Reddick (L) RF
7. Carlos Correa (R) SS
8. Brian McCann (L) C
9. Tony Kemp (L) LF