ALDS, Game 1: Tigers vs. Orioles lineups

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Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the Tigers-Orioles series in Baltimore:

Tigers:
2B Ian Kinsler
RF Torii Hunter
1B Miguel Cabrera
DH Victor Martinez
LF J.D. Martinez
C Alex Avila
3B Nick Castellanos
SS Andrew Romine
CF Rajai Davis

SP Max Scherzer

Rajai Davis was questionable to be included on the ALDS roster because of a groin injury, but he’s healthy enough to start in center field for Game 1. Andrew Romine gets the nod over Eugenio Suarez at shortstop after basically splitting the position during the regular season. And everything else is a typical Tigers lineup.

Orioles:
RF Nick Markakis
LF Alejando De Aza
CF Adam Jones
DH Nelson Cruz
1B Steve Pearce
SS J.J. Hardy
3B Ryan Flaherty
C Nick Hundley
2B Jonathan Schoop

SP Chris Tillman

Baltimore is going with the exact same lineup it used for the regular season finale Sunday, which means Ryan Flaherty as the fill-in for Manny Machado at third base and Nick Hundley as the fill-in for Matt Wieters behind the plate. Steve Pearce, who moved around the diamond all season, is at first base with Chris Davis suspended for Adderall usage.

Pirates hire Ben Cherington as their new general manager

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.

Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.

Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.

The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.