ALDS Game 3: Orioles vs. Tigers lineups

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Here are the starting lineups for Game 3 of the Orioles-Tigers series in Detroit …

TIGERS
2B Ian Kinsler
RF Torii Hunter
1B Miguel Cabrera
DH Victor Martinez
LF J.D. Martinez
C Alex Avila
3B Nick Castellanos
SS Andrew Romine
CF Don Kelly

David Price is pitching for the Tigers’ postseason lives. Rajai Davis suffered a Grade 1 groin strain last Saturday and then aggravated it in Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday, so Kelly gets the nod in center field.

ORIOLES
RF Nick Markakis
1B Steve Pearce
CF Adam Jones
DH Nelson Cruz
LF Delmon Young
SS J.J. Hardy
C Nick Hundley
3B Ryan Flaherty
2B Jonathan Schoop

Bud Norris is making his first career postseason start. He struggled in two outings against Detroit during the regular season, but that all goes out the window now as the O’s try to advance to the ALCS. Alejandro De Aza started in left field in the first two games of this best-of-five, but he’ll sit against the left-handed Price.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.