ALCS, Game 4: Orioles vs. Royals lineups

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Here are the lineups for Game 4 of the Orioles-Royals series in Kansas City:

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

SP Miguel Gonzalez

With a left-hander on the mound Orioles manager Buck Showalter has Delmon Young back in the lineup at designated hitter, shifting Nelson Cruz to left field. He also has Caleb Joseph at catcher rather than Nick Hundley and has moved Steve Pearce into the No. 2 spot. Miguel Gonzalez pitches for the first time since the regular season finale on September 28.

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 Jason Vargas

Royals manager Ned Yost has stuck with the exact same lineup throughout the postseason and that doesn’t change today. Jason Vargas pitches for the first time since Game 1 of the ALDS on October 2.

Bryce Harper is on paternity leave

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Several years ago, Bryce Harper made news when it was revealed that he thought the word “meme” was pronounced “may-may.” That may be my favorite Bryce Harper moment ever.

As it was announced by the Phillies a little while ago that Harper has been placed on paternity leave, I’m wondering if he pronounces the word “baby” “bébé.”

I wouldn’t think less of him if he did, actually. One of my favorite people in the world does that.

Anyway, congratulations to Bryce Harper on becoming a dad. And it’s good news not just for him but for the Phillies and their fans as well. Why? Because as Bill noted earlier this week, Harper seems to hit better when he’s being taunted and mocked. For now that’s not very important, as the child won’t be talking for some time. As a father of teenagers, I can tell you that eventually the little monsters live to disrespect their dear old dads. If Harper’s current motivational patterns hold, by the time that kid is ten Harper will be winning the dang Triple Crown every year.

But again, congratulations to the Harpers.