NLDS, Game 1: Giants vs. Nationals lineups

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Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the Giants-Nationals series in Washington:

Giants:
CF Gregor Blanco
2B Joe Panik
C Buster Posey
3B Pablo Sandoval
RF Hunter Pence
1B Brandon Belt
SS Brandon Crawford
LF Travis Ishikawa
SP Jake Peavy

San Francisco goes with the same lineup it used in the Wild Card Game, with the only difference being Jake Peavy instead of Madison Bumgarner at pitcher. Travis Ishikawa gets another start in the outfield, where he’d started a grand total of three times in his career before the postseason began.

Nationals:
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
LF Bryce Harper
C Wilson Ramos
2B Asdrubal Cabrera
SP Stephen Strasburg

Ryan Zimmerman is not in the Nationals’ lineup, as manager Matt Williams has decided to start Asdrubal Cabrera over him while keeping Anthony Rendon at third base. Cabrera was acquired from the Indians on July 31 and hit .229 with a .700 OPS in 49 games for the Nationals. Zimmerman spent most of the season on the disabled list and started just four games after August 1.

Corey Kluber removed from his rehab game

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Part of the reason the Cleveland Indians could trade away a pitcher like Trevor Bauer in the middle of a playoff race is because they have reinforcements on the way. The primary reinforcement is Corey Kluber, who has been out since May 1 with a broken arm. Based on what happened yesterday it’s possible that the Tribe will have to wait a bit longer for that particular reinforcement to arrive.

Kluber was the starter in yesterday’s game between Triple-A Columbus and Charlotte. He managed only one inning, however, walking two and not allowing a run before being lifted due to abdominal tightness. It was said that he was removed for precautionary reasons, so it may not be an injury as opposed to everyone simply being spooked. He’ll be reevaluated today.

It’s unclear whether this will delay his return to the Indians, though it obviously isn’t a good development. As it stood before yesterday, Cleveland had hoped Kluber could make big league starts in September and be ready for the postseason.