NLDS, Game 2: Pirates-Cardinals lineups

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Pirates and Cardinals lineups for the first of four playoff games today

Pirates:
LF Starling Marte
2B Neil Walker
CF Andrew McCutchen
1B Justin Morneau
RF Marlon Byrd
3B Pedro Alvarez
C Russell Martin
SS Jordy Mercer
SP Gerrit Cole

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle made just one change from Game 1, benching shortstop Clint Barmes in favor of Jordy Mercer in an effort to add more punch to the lineup.

Cardinals:
2B Matt Carpenter
RF Carlos Beltran
LF Matt Holliday
1B Matt Adams
C Yadier Molina
CF Jon Jay
3B David Freese
SS Daniel Descalso
SP Lance Lynn

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is sticking with the exact same lineup and batting order as Game 1, which St. Louis won 9-1.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

Jorge Soler
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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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