ALCS, Game 2: Royals vs. Orioles lineups

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Here are the lineups for Game 2 of ALCS between the Royals and Orioles. Expected first pitch at Oriole Park at Camden Yards is 4:07 p.m. ET:

Royals:
SS Alcides Escobar
RF Norichika Aoki
CF Lorenzo Cain
1B Eric Hosmer
DH Billy Butler
LF Alex Gordon
C Salvador Perez
2B Omar Infante
3B Mike Moustakas

SP Yordano Ventura

This has been Ned Yost’s standard lineup through the playoffs. The Royals are 5-0 so far, so no need to mess with what’s working, right?

Orioles:
RF Nick Markakis
LF Alejandro De Aza
CF Adam Jones
DH Nelson Cruz
1B Steve Pearce
SS J.J. Hardy
3B Ryan Flaherty
C Caleb Joseph
2B Jonathan Schoop

SP Bud Norris

The only change here from Game 1 is that Caleb Joseph will start behind the plate instead of Nick Hundley. Hundley helped keep the Royals’ running game in check last night and made a nice play at the plate in the ninth, but Joseph is no slouch. He led the American League by throwing out 40.4 percent (23-for-57) of attempted basestealers during the regular season.

An interesting little note here from MASN Sports’ Roch Kubatko: The Orioles haven’t lost back-to-back games at home since June 28-29.

Indians designate Carlos Gonzalez for assignment

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The Indians have designated outfielder Carlos Gonzalez for assignment. This comes after Gonzalez batted a mere .210/.282/.276 over 117 plate appearances in Cleveland. That came after he had to settle for a minor league contract with the Indians in mid-March.

A few years ago Gonzalez was a superstar, winning three Gold Gloves, two Silver Slugger Awards, making the All-Star team three times and coming in third in the MVP balloting once upon a time. That was then, however. His most recent good season came in 2016, when he hit .298/.350/.505 with 25 homers and drove in 100. In 2017 and 2018 he combined to hit .232/.269/.334. Between his falloff in production and the fact that his big numbers of the past were heavily supported by playing at Coors Field, it should not be shocking that he couldn’t make it work in Cleveland.

If he wants to continue his career, he’ll no doubt have to take a minor league gig someplace. Otherwise, this could be the end of the line.