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.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.