NLDS, Game 2: Cardinals vs. Dodgers lineups

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Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the Cardinals-Dodgers series in Los Angeles:

Cardinals:

3B Matt Carpenter
CF Jon Jay
LF Matt Holliday
1B Matt Adams
SS Jhonny Peralta
C Yadier Molina
2B Kolten Wong
RF Randal Grichuk
SP Lance Lynn

The Cardinals have made a few changes now that there’s a right-handed starter on the mound. Randal Grichuk has moved from the two-spot to the eight-hole; Jay has made the reverse transition. Matt Adams has moved from sixth to clean-up; Peralta has dropped from fourth to fifth; and Molina has dropped from fifth to sixth. Wong gets the start over Pete Kozma, batting seventh.

Dodgers:

2B Dee Gordon
CF Yasiel Puig
1B Adrian Gonzalez
RF Matt Kemp
SS Hanley Ramirez
LF Carl Crawford
3B Juan Uribe
C A.J. Ellis
SP Zack Greinke

The Dodgers are going with the same exact lineup that was able to score nine runs against the Cardinals in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday night. Ellis had the best night of anyone in the batting order, going 4-for-5 with a two-run home run and three runs scored.

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”

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