NLDS, Game 3: Nationals vs. Giants lineups

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Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the Nationals-Giants series in San Francisco:

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 Doug Fister

With a left-hander on the mound there was lots of talk about the Nationals benching one of their left-handed hitters (Denard Span, Bryce Harper, Adam LaRoche) for Ryan Zimmerman. But manager Matt Williams has decided against it, sticking with the same group he used in the first two games. Zimmerman will once again look to make an impact off the bench.

Giants:
CF Gregor Blanco
2B Joe Panik
C Buster Posey
3B Pablo Sandoval
RF Hunter Pence
1B Brandon Belt
SS Brandon Crawford
LF Travis Ishikawa
SP Madison Bumgarner

Standard lineup for the Giants, who’re sticking with Travis Ishikawa in left field and get a little offensive boost with Madison Bumgarner and his four regular season homers on the mound.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

Jorge Soler
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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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