NLDS, Game 2: Giants vs. Nationals lineups

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Here are the lineups for Game 2 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 Ishikwawa
SP Tim Hudson

Save for Hudson, the Giants are going with the same lineup which led to victories in the Wild Card Game and Game 1 against the Nationals. Panik has set a franchise record with five hits in his first two playoff games.

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 Jordan Zimmermann

No changes here from Game 1 with the exception of Zimmermann. The Nationals managed six hits in the loss yesterday, with Harper and Cabrera collecting solo home runs.

The baseball world reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

Kobe Bryant
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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of nine people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world, as well as the sports world at large. Here were a few reactions from the baseball world.

We certainly echo these sentiments, sending our condolences to the families and friends of those affected today. What a sad day.