ALDS Game 2: Tigers vs. Orioles Lineups

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source: AP

It seemed mere hours ago that the Orioles’ trouncing of the Tigers concluded. So let’s do it again at noon, shall we? The lineups:

TIGERS

1. Ian Kinsler 2B
2. Torii Hunter RF
3. Miguel Cabrera 1B
4. Victor Martinez DH
5. J.D. Martinez LF
6. Nick Castellanos 3B
7. Alex Avila C
8. Andrew Romine SS
9. Rajai Davis CF
SP: Justin Verlander

The only difference here is the flip-flopping of Castellanos and Avila from last night. Davis was a late decision — the lineup just came out less than an hour before the game due to Ausmus waiting to see how Davis felt. Apparently he’s good to go.

 

ORIOLES

1. Nick Markakis RF
2. Alejandro De Aza LF
3. Adam Jones CF
4. Nelson Cruz DH
5. Steve Pearce 1B
6. J.J. Hardy SS
7. Ryan Flaherty 3B
8. Caleb Joseph C
9. Jonathan Schoop 2B
SP: Wei-Yin Chen

The only difference here is Buck Showalter swapping out Nick Hundley for Caleb Joseph at catcher.

Play ball.

Yankees keep ALCS hopes alive with 4-1 win over Astros

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The Yankees defeated the Astros 4-1 during Game 5 of the American League Championship Series on Friday night, staving off a potential postseason elimination and forcing the series to at least six games.

In just the third playoff appearance of his career, Yankees southpaw James Paxton turned in another impressive performance, limiting the Astros to four hits and four walks over six innings of one-run ball. According to MLB Stats, his nine strikeouts made him the second Yankees lefty to record multiple starts of 8+ strikeouts in the same postseason campaign, two decades after David Wells did so for the 1998 championship-winning club.

Paxton’s strong outing was backed by a handful of runs from DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Hicks, both of whom went deep against Astros ace Justin Verlander in the bottom of the first inning. LeMahieu’s leadoff solo shot marked his first postseason home run since Game 1 of the ALDS, while Hicks’ three-run 347-footer was his first home run of any variety since July 24 (and his first in the playoffs since the 2017 ALDS).

Neither team managed a single run after the first inning, leaving the two pitching staffs to duke it out for eight quick innings. Verlander outlasted Paxton — taking the game through the seventh with five hits, four runs, and nine strikeouts — but even with a flawless contribution from Brad Peacock in the eighth, there was little the hurlers could do to help the Astros solve Paxton and an airtight Yankees bullpen.

With the win, the Yankees will try to push the series to a full seven games in order to snatch the AL pennant from the Astros. They’ll have to do in Houston, however, as the Astros will regain home field advantage when Game 6 kicks off on Saturday at 8:08 PM EDT. Neither starter has been announced yet; per Houston skipper A.J. Hinch, it will likely be a bullpen day.