Pirates-Cardinals NLDS Game 1 lineups

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A couple of teams who know each other well. Lineups which look pretty much like we’d expect them to. It’s on in St. Louis in a couple of hours. Game 1 of the NLDS:

Pirates:

Starling Marte LF
Neil Walker 2B
Andrew McCutchen CF
Justin Morneau 1B
Marlon Byrd RF
Pedro Alvarez 3B
Russell Martin C
Clint Barmes SS
A.J. Burnett P

Cardinals:

Matt Carpenter 2B
Carlos Beltran CF
Matt Holliday LF
Matt Adams 1B
Yadier Molina C
Jon Jay CF
David Freese 3B
Daniel Descalso SS
Adam Wainwright P

Go read our preview of the series here.

Brad Ausmus interviewing for Astros manager job

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I did the Handsome Managers list in December. Thought I had moved on. Thought I’d never have to think about him again. But here is, walking right back in my door: Brad Ausmus is interviewing for the vacant Astros manager job. So reports Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.

Ausmus played for the Astros longer than he played for any other team in the bigs, notching ten years of service in two stints and playing on the 2005 NL Pennant-winning club. As a manager, you know, that he led the Tigers for four seasons and was the Angels’ skipper last year.

Houston has already interviewed Dusty Baker for the job. They’ll presumably want someone in place before spring training begins in a few weeks.