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.

Buster Posey has opted out of the season

Buster Posey has opted out
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Buster Posey has opted out of the 2020 MLB season. The San Francisco Giants have issued a statement saying that they “fully support Buster’s decision. Buster is an integral part of our team and will be sorely missed, but we look forward to having him back in 2021.”

Posey and his wife are adopting identical twin girls who were born prematurely and who are currently in the NICU and will be for some time. They are stable, but obviously theirs is not a situation that would be amenable to the demands of a baseball season as it’s currently structured.

Poset had missed all of the Giants’ workouts so far, Recently he said, “I think there’s still some reservation on my end as well. I think I want to see kind of how things progress here over the next couple of weeks. I think it would be a little bit maybe naive or silly not to gauge what’s going on around you, not only around you here but paying attention to what’s happening in the country and different parts of the country.” He said that he talked about playing with his wife quite a great deal but, really, this seems like a no-brainer decision on his part.

In opting out Posey is foregoing the 60-game proration of his $21.4 million salary. He is under contract for one more year at $21.4 million as well. The Giants can pick up his 2022 club option for $22 million or buy him out for $3 million.

A veteran of 11 seasons, Posey has earned about $124 million to date. Which seems to be the common denominator with players who have opted out thus far. With the exception of Joe Ross and Héctor Noesí, the players to have opted out thus far have earned well above $10 million during their careers. Players that aren’t considered “high risk” and elect not to play do not get paid and do not receive service time.