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Lineups for Rangers-Blue Jays ALDS Game 3

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Neither the Rangers nor the Blue Jays have made any drastic changes to their lineup for Game 3 of the ALDS. Mitch Moreland gets the nod at first base this evening, while the only significant change the Blue Jays have made is this one:

In case you forgot, Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim was nearly struck by a beer can during the Jays-Orioles wild card game last week. Major League Baseball called for a ban on all canned beer in the seats earlier this week, and it appears the Blue Jays are ready to comply.

Lineups are below. The game is scheduled for a 7:30 PM EDT start.

RANGERS
1. Carlos Gomez (R) LF
2. Ian Desmond (R) CF
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
4. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B
5. Rougned Odor (L) 2B
6. Jonathan Lucroy (R) C
7. Mitch Moreland (L) 1B
8. Elvis Andrus (R) SS
9. Nomar Mazara (L) RF

BLUE JAYS
1. Ezequiel Carrera (L) LF
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B
3. Edwin Encarnacion (R) 1B
4. Jose Bautista (R) RF
5. Russell Martin (R) C
6. Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
7. Michael Saunders (L) DH
8. Kevin Pillar (R) CF
9. Darwin Barney (R) 2B

No, the Astros aren’t being targeted for HBPs in spring training

Alex Bregman
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On Wednesday, Astros third baseman Alex Bregman was hit by Cardinals pitcher Ramon Santos. It marked the seventh time an Astros batter had been hit in spring training exhibition games thus far, the highest total among all teams. As expected, teams are exacting revenge for the Astros’ cheating ways!

Well, not quite. The pitch Santos hit Bregman with was a 3-2 breaking ball that got away. Usually, if a pitcher is going to hit a batter as an act of revenge, he’ll attempt to do it with a first-pitch fastball.

José Altuve was also hit by a pitch against the Tigers on Sunday. The pitch, which looks to be the off-speed variety, appeared to graze his uniform as opposed to hitting him flush, so it was likely unintentional on the part of pitcher Nick Ramirez.

Other Astros to have been hit in spring training thus far: Alex De Goti, Aledmys Díaz, Osvaldo Duarte, Dustin Garneau, and Jake Meyers. Not exactly a who’s-who list of Code Breaker operatives.

Will some pitchers intentionally throw at the Astros this year? Almost certainly, despite commissioner Rob Manfred’s warning. Have they been doing it from the moment exhibition games began earlier this month? Certainly not.