ALDS Game 2: Rays-Red Sox lineups

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Rays and Red Sox lineups for Game 2 of the ALDS, at Fenway Park. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. ET …

Rays:
LF David DeJesus
RF Wil Myers
1B James Loney
3B Evan Longoria
2B Ben Zobrist
CF Desmond Jennings
DH Delmon Young
SS Yunel Escobar
C Jose Molina

SP David Price

Joe Maddon’s lineup is similar to what we speculated this morning, as David DeJesus is playing left field and batting leadoff while Sean Rodriguez is on the bench. Meanwhile, Jose Molina is starting behind the plate over Jose Lobaton with Price on the mound. Everybody else is the same as Game 1, though Evan Longoria is the only one who is in the same spot in the lineup. It looks like Delmon Young has taken over as the regular DH, at least for now.

Red Sox:
CF Jacoby Ellsbury
RF Shane Victorino
2B Dustin Pedroia
DH David Ortiz
1B Mike Napoli
LF Jonny Gomes
3B Will Middlebrooks
SS Stephen Drew
C David Ross

SP John Lackey

As expected, Ross is catching Lackey rather than Jarrod Saltalamacchia. It makes sense with another left-hander going for the Rays. And while we’re talking about a small sample, Ross has homered in each game he has started against Price in each of the last two seasons. Red Sox manager John Farrell cited Ross’ rapport with Lackey when talking to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald today, though he has only caught him twice this year. While Will Middlebrooks batted ninth in Game 1, he’ll hit seventh today. Otherwise, everything is the same as yesterday.

Report: Orioles expected to replace Buck Showalter

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Orioles manager Buck Showalter is not expected to retain his position with the club beyond the 2018 season, according to multiple reports from Jon Heyman of Fancred and Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports. Nothing appears to be finalized just yet, however, and the Orioles have yet to address rumors of Showalter’s impending departure or news of a possible contract extension for general manager Dan Duquette.

Even so, it’s been a year of near-unprecedented disaster for the 62-year-old skipper, who helped lead the team to a 44-108 record prior to the outcome of Friday’s series opener against the Yankees. With the Orioles’ 108th loss — a 4-6 heartbreaker against the Blue Jays on Tuesday — they tied the 1937 St. Louis Browns for the second-most losses in a single season, eclipsed only by the 43-111 record of the 1939 Browns. As they have just 10 games remaining in the regular season, this year’s team has no chance of climbing out of last place in the AL East and may well finish with the worst record in the AL to boot.

While the Orioles’ missteps don’t bode well for Showalter’s future in Baltimore, he’s brought far more good than harm to the organization over the last eight and a half years. He assumed the managerial position from interim manager Juan Samuel in the middle of the team’s 2010 season and guided the club to five winning seasons and three postseason appearances in 2012, 2014, and 2016. Entering the 2018 season, his record sits at 666 wins and 677 losses, the winningest mark by any of the team’s skippers since Earl Weaver wrapped his 17-season run with the team in 1986. Whether the Orioles believe Showalter is capable of recovering from two consecutive losing seasons and returning the team to their former days of glory (and the occasional division title) remains to be seen, of course, though there’s plenty to recommend him as they prepare to advance a full-scale rebuild over the offseason.