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.

Cody Bellinger wins 2019 National League Most Valuable Player Award

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Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger was named the 2019 National League Most Valuable Player by the Baseball Writers Associated of America. He received 19 of 30 first-place votes.

Bellinger, 24, was the NL Rookie of the Year two years ago and is now the MVP. In 2019, he hit .305/.406/.629 with 47 home runs, 115 RBI, 121 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases. Among qualified position players in the NL, Bellinger and Christian Yelich tied in Wins Above Replacement at 7.8, according to FanGraphs. Bellinger’s strong year helped the Dodgers win a franchise record 106 games, though they were stopped short in the NLDS by the eventual world champion Nationals.

Bellinger is the first Dodger to win the award since Clayton Kershaw in 2014. He also joins Kirk Gibson, Steve Garvey, Sandy Koufax, and Maury Wills to win the award since the team moved to Los Angeles. Bellinger is overall the 13th Dodger to be named the MVP. He is the 18th NL player to win both a Rookie of the Year Award and an MVP award.

Yelich finished in second place and Anthony Rendon finished in third place. They were followed by Ketel Marte, Ronald Acuña Jr., Nolan Arenado, and Pete Alonso. Also receiving votes were Freddie Freeman, Juan Soto, Jacob deGrom, Josh Donaldson, Trevor Story, Jack Flaherty, J.T. Realmuto, Yasmani Grandal, Max Muncy, Stephen Strasburg, Eugenio Suárez, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Paul Goldschmidt, Kolten Wong, Kevin Pillar, and Max Scherzer.