World Series, Game 3: Royals vs. Giants lineups

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Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the World Series, in San Francisco:

Royals:
SS Alcides Escobar
LF Alex Gordon
RF Lorenzo Cain
1B Eric Hosmer
3B Mike Moustakas
2B Omar Infante
C Salvador Perez
CF Jarrod Dyson
SP Jeremy Guthrie

Playing under NL rules forced Royals manager Ned Yost to alter his lineup for the first time this postseason, placing designated hitter Billy Butler on the bench. Yost has also benched right fielder Norichika Aoki, whose struggles defensively have been on full display of late. In his place Jarrod Dyson starts in center field, center fielder Lorenzo Cain shifts to right field, and Alex Gordon moves from No. 6 to No. 2 in the batting order. Mike Moustakas, who had been batting ninth, now bats fifth.

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

For the Giants it’s back to the usual lineup, which means Michael Morse returning to the bench. Travis Ishikawa stays in left field.

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.