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.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

Jorge Soler
Associated Press
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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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