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Mitch Moreland was playing with a knee injury

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In yesterday’s deciding ALDS game between the Astros and Red Sox, Boston ran itself out of an inning when Mitch Moreland was sent home from second base and was nailed at the plate. He was out by a mile, actually.

I thought that send was bad to begin with, but it’s even worse in hindsight, as Moreland said after the game that he’s been nursing a knee injury. From WEEI.com:

While it was known that Moreland battled through a broken toe for much of the season, the first baseman told WEEI.com Monday night that trying to manage the ailment most likely led to a knee problem.

“It kind of fed into my knee a little bit, so I have to get that checked on and we’ll go from there,” he said. “I was able to fight through it. I made it, and now we have the offseason to take care of it.”

I wonder if third base coach Brian Butterfield knew his knee was bad when he got that green light. Oh well. Doesn’t matter now.

Moreland, who hit .246/.326/.443 with 22 home runs and 79 RBI over 149 games this season, will have the knee checked out this week to see if he needs surgery. He’ll be a free agent after the World Series.

Mookie Betts, Javier Baez leading off the All-Star lineups

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I can’t imagine what it’s like to fill out the lineup card for an All-Star team. Most of the guys are 1-4 hitters on their own teams, but you gotta slot most of them someplace lower. Egos are probably a consideration. Strategic stuff. “Which top of the order or middle of the lineup hitter is batting eighth?” is both a difficult and thankless question.

Dave Roberts and A.J. Hinch have to do it anyway, and today they released the All-Star lineups. Seeing Bryce Harper batting sixth and Manny Machado batting seventh is just not part of the usual baseball experience:

AMERICAN LEAGUE

1. Mookie Betts, RF
2. Jose Altuve, 2B
3. Mike Trout, CF
4. J.D. Martinez, DH
5. Jose Ramirez, 3B
6. Aaron Judge, LF
7. Manny Machado, SS
8. Jose Abreu, 1B
9. Salvador Perez, C

NATIONAL LEAGUE

1. Javier Baez, 2B
2. Nolan Arenado, 3B
3. Paul Goldschmidt, DH
4. Freddie Freeman, 1B
5. Matt Kemp, LF
6. Bryce Harper, CF
7. Nick Markakis, RF
8. Brandon Crawford, SS
9. Willson Contreras, C

Not that this is gonna hold for long what with all of the substitutions.