ALDS, Game 3: Red Sox-Rays lineup

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Lineups as the Rays try to avoid a sweep …

Red Sox:
CF Jacoby Ellsbury
RF Shane Victorino
2B Dustin Pedroia
DH David Ortiz
1B Mike Napoli
LF Daniel Nava
C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
SS Stephen Drew
3B Will Middlebrooks

SP Clay Buchholz

After facing left-handers in the first two games of the series the Red Sox face right-hander Alex Cobb in Game 3, so manager John Farrell has Daniel Nava in left field instead of Jonny Gomes. Jarrod Saltalamacchia is back behind the plate after giving way to David Ross at catcher in Game 2.

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

SP Alex Cobb

Delmon Young is out of the lineup, as Rays manager Joe Maddon goes with lefty bat Matt Joyce at designated hitter versus Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz. Maddon has also switched around some of the middle of the batting order, shifting Wil Myers into the cleanup spot and moving Ben Zobrist into the No. 2 spot.

Nationals back off of minor league stipend cut

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Yesterday it was reported that the Washington Nationals would cut the weekly stipend paid to their minor leaguers from $400 a week to $300 per week through the end of June.

For frame of reference, MLB had agreed to pay all minor leaguers $400 per week through May 31. Several teams have agreed to extend that, with the Royals and Twins agreeing to do it all the way through the end of August. The Oakland A’s decided to stop the payments in their entirety as of today. The Nationals were unique in cutting $100 off of the checks.

The A’s and the Nationals have taken a great amount of flak for what they’ve done. The Nats move was immediately countered by Nationals major league players announcing that they would cover what the organization would not.

The A’s are, apparently, still sticking to their plan. The Nats, however, have reversed course:

One can easily imagine a situation in which Nats ownership just decided, cold-heartedly, to lop that hundred bucks off of each minor league check and not worry about a moment longer. What’s harder to imagine is what seems to have actually happened: the Nats did it without realizing that anyone would take issue with it, were surprised by the blowback, and then reversed course. Like, what kind of a bubble where they living in that they did not think people would consider that a low-rent thing to do?

In any event, good move, Nats, even if I cannot even begin to comprehend your thought process.