NLCS, Game 2: Giants vs. Cardinals lineups

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Here are the starting lineups for Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday night at Busch Stadium in St. Louis …

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 Jake Peavy

The Giants have made no changes to the starting lineup that beat Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals 3-0 on Saturday night. Michael Morse (oblique) will again be available off the bench as San Francisco tries to take a 2-0 lead in the National League Championship Series before the action shifts to AT&T Park.

CARDINALS
3B Matt Carpenter
CF Jon Jay
LF Matt Holliday
1B Matt Adams
SS Jhonny Peralta
C Yadier Molina
2B Kolten Wong
RF Randal Grichuk
SP Lance Lynn

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny will roll with the right-handed Grichuk against the right-handed Peavy despite having a far better option in Oscar Taveras, a left-handed hitter. Grichuk is just 3-for-20 this postseason and batted .250/.308/.354 against right-handers during the regular season. It doesn’t make much sense.

Giants sign Darin Ruf to minor league contract

Darin Ruf
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The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.

Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.

Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.