ALDS, Game 1: Royals vs. Angels lineups

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Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the Royals-Angels series in Anaheim:

Royals:
SS Alcides Escobar
RF Norichika Aoki
CF Lorenzo Cain
1B Eric Hosmer
DH Billy Butler
LF Alex Gordon
C Salvador Perez
2B Omar Infante
3B Mike Moustakas

SP Jason Vargas

Exact same lineup the Royals used in the Wild Card Game, even though they were facing a left-hander then and are facing a right-hander tonight. It’s the standard batting order they went with down the stretch.

Angels:
RF Kole Calhoun
CF Mike Trout
1B Albert Pujols
2B Howie Kendrick
3B David Freese
SS Erick Aybar
LF Josh Hamilton
DH C.J. Cron
C Chris Iannetta

SP Jered Weaver

Josh Hamilton missed most of September with a shoulder injury, so manager Mike Scioscia is understandably skeptical about what he’ll bring to the table against a left-hander and has him batting seventh. Chris Iannetta gets the nod at catcher over Hank Conger and C.J. Cron’s right-handed bat is in the lineup at designated hitter.

Francisco Cervelli shines in his Braves debut

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Last week the Pittsburgh Pirates released Francisco Cervelli. Yesterday he was signed by the Braves. Atlanta gave him the start behind the plate and he went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three runs driven in to help his new team to victory over the Mets. Welcome to Atlanta, Frankie.

Cervelli had been rehabbing from a concussion and hadn’t seen big league action since late May. He was ready to come back, though, and the Pirates — who are going nowhere — gave him his release so that he might join a contender for the stretch run.

The performance he put up last night, obviously will not be the norm for him going forward. But it’s also the case that his early 2019 batting line of .193/.279/.248 is not indicative of his talent level either. He posted an .809 OPS (122 OPS+) in 2018, and if he gives Atlanta anything even approaching his usual production it’ll help stabilize a shaky catching situation for the Braves.