NLCS, Game 3: Cardinals vs. Giants lineups

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

Cardinals:
3B Matt Carpenter
CF Jon Jay
LF Matt Holliday
1B Matt Adams
SS Jhonny Peralta
C A.J. Pierzynski
2B Kolten Wong
RF Randal Grichuk
SP John Lackey

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was forced to make some changes due to Yadier Molina’s injury and (as discussed in this space yesterday) he’s decided on A.J. Pierzynski instead of longtime backup Tony Cruz behind the plate. Pierzynski bats sixth, which was Molina’s usual spot.

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

Giants manager Bruce Bochy moved Brandon Crawford up in the lineup following a big September and the shortstop came through with a grand slam in the Wild Card Game, but he’s struggled since then and is now back batting eighth. Travis Ishikawa remains in left field over Michael Morse.

Pirates hire Ben Cherington as their new general manager

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.

Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.

Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.

The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.