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Matt Holliday gets the call at DH for the Yankees tonight

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Matt Holliday didn’t get a single plate appearance in the ALDS or the Wild Card Game. Makes sense given that he hit .179/.225/.300 in 151 second half plate appearances. He’s going to see action tonight, however, as Joe Girardi has named him his DH for Game 1 of the ALCS against the Astros. He’ll bat eighth.

The rationale, one assumes, is that Jacoby Ellsbury and Chase Headley have also struggled — neither got a hit in the ALDS — so why not see if the nearly two weeks off for Holliday freshened him up a bit.

The entire Yankees lineup:

1. Brett Gardner (L) LF
2. Aaron Judge (R) RF
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B
6. Aaron Hicks (S) CF
7. Greg Bird (L) 1B
8. Matt Holliday (R) DH
9. Todd Frazier (R) 3B

The baseball world reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of nine people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world, as well as the sports world at large. Here were a few reactions from the baseball world.

We certainly echo these sentiments, sending our condolences to the families and friends of those affected today. What a sad day.