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Here are the lineups for the Indians and Blue Jays

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ALCS Game 5 is in a couple of hours and the lineups are in.

The weird thing: Melvin Upton Jr. is in the game . . . as the DH. Why he’s not in the outfield and Jose Bautista DHing I have no idea. Bautista has DH’d a decent amount this year and he is an inferior defender to Upton. Maybe Bautista just hates DHing? Beats the heck out of me, but we’ll assume John Gibbons knows what he’s doing . . . unless it backfires and then we’ll give him hell for it. That’s how we roll as sports fans.

Anyway:

INDIANS

1. Carlos Santana (S) 1B
2. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B
3. Francisco Lindor (S) SS
4. Mike Napoli (R) DH
5. Jose Ramirez (S) 3B
6. Lonnie Chisenhall (L) RF
7. Coco Crisp (S) LF
8. Tyler Naquin (L) CF
9. Roberto Perez (R) C

BLUE JAYS

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

Hinch, Luhnow, will be eligible in 2021 even if there are no games in 2020

A.J. Hinch (left) and Jeff Luhnow (right)
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You no doubt recall that former Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch and ex-Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow were given the one-year bans and were subsequently fired in January due to the Astros sign-stealing scandal. It’s possible, however, that each of them could be back in baseball without having missed a single game.

That’s the report from Buster Olney of ESPN, who has learned that Hinch and Luhnow will become eligible in 2021 even if there are no games played in the 2020 season. The reason: Hinch and Luhnow’s suspensions are tied to “the end of the 2020 postseason.” In contrast, players who are suspended for PED offenses for violations of the league’s domestic violence policies are suspended for a set number of games. Their suspensions will not begin until games begin and, if the number of games in the 2020 season ends up being fewer than the number of games in their suspension, it will carry over to 2021.

It would not shock me a bit if another team hired Hinch at some point down the road. And, despite the league’s finding that Luhnow fostered a “toxic” environment in the Astros’ front office, I would not be at all surprised if he were hired as some sort of advisor down the road and, potentially, found himself running a team again. His tenure in Houston was discovered to be objectively awful from an ethical perspective, but (a) he won; and (b) he cut costs, and those are the two biggest priorities for most teams. Not necessarily in that order.