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ALDS Game 3: Blue Jays vs. Rangers lineups

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Here are the starting lineups for Game 3 of the ALDS between the Blue Jays and Rangers on Sunday night in Arlington, Texas. First pitch is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

BLUE JAYS

LF Ben Revere
3B Josh Donaldson
RF Jose Bautista
DH Edwin Encarnacion
SS Troy Tulowitzki
1B Chris Colabello
Dioner Navarro
2B Ryan Goins
CF Kevin Pillar

SP Marco Estrada

Toronto is going heavy on right-handed-hitters in this must-win matchup against Rangers left-hander Martin Perez. Chris Colabello is starting ahead of Justin Smoak at first base and Dioner Navarro will start over $82 million catcher Russell Martin. Trade deadline acquisition Troy Tulowitzki is 0-for-10 with four strikeouts in this series. He acknowledged to reporters ahead of Game 1 that he’s not fully recovered from a fracture of his left shoulder blade.

RANGERS

CF Delino DeShields Jr.
RF Shin-Soo Choo
DH Prince Fielder
1B Mitch Moreland
SS Elvis Andrus
LF Josh Hamilton
2B Rougned Odor
C Robinson Chirinos
3B Hanser Alberto

SP Martin Perez

Adrian Beltre remains sidelined with a back injury, so 22-year-old Hanser Alberto gets another start at third base. Alberto drove in two runs in Friday’s Game 2 win in Toronto. An MRI taken Thursday on Beltre’s back showed no structural damage and he could return to action if this best-of-five series goes longer. Texas has a 2-0 lead and can sweep the heavily-favored Jays in Game 3 on Sunday night. Mitch Moreland is starting at first base ahead of Mike Napoli with Toronto tossing a right-hander.

Mets are interested in Rick Porcello

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Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.

Porcello is coming off a pretty dreadful 2019 season in which he went 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts. That ERA was the worst in the majors among qualified starters. He’s also pretty homer happy. But (a) he’s durable; and (b) a change of scenery and a move to a more pitcher-friendly division and park might do him some good, so it’s not like he’s a bad guy for the Mets to be looking at. He’s only going to be 31 next season and he’s just a year removed from a decent season.

There are far worse bounceback candidates.