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.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.