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Tyler Clippard will start for first time in over ten years

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The Toronto Blue Jays announced that they’re going to start Tyler Clippard tonight against the Mariners.

This despite the fact that he only has eight starts total in 678 career appearances. Indeed, he has not started a game in over ten years. The last one came on June 14, 2008 when he was the Nationals. He actually did pretty good that day, allowing two runs while scattering seven hits over six innings, picking up the win. The opponent: these same Seattle Mariners.

Well, not the “same” Mariners. Most of those guys are gone now. Felix Hernandez was on that team. No longer Mariners but still around areAdrian Beltre, Luis Valbuena and Brandom Morrow. Ichiro was on that team too, but I don’t know if you can call him “active” anymore. Even if you leave him out, though, it’s not too bad to have four guys who are still playing a decade after the fact. Anyone know what happened to that Beltre guy?

Anyway, the Jays are starting Clippard because their rotation is a mess, with J.A. Happ being traded and others turning in some short outings leading to bullpen days, either by design or by coincidence. This is another one.

Enjoy your start, Mr. Clippard. Remember: you don’t have to run in from the bullpen. You can stroll in to the dugout during the top of the first and then walk out since it’s the beginning of the game.

Nationals, Astros lineups for World Series Game 2

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The Nationals, believed by oddsmakers to be big underdogs in the World Series against the Astros, won arguably their toughest matchup last night by plating five runs against Gerrit Cole in a 5-4 win in Houston. They’ll take a 1-0 series lead into Wednesday night’s action featuring a duel between Stephen Strasburg and Justin Verlander. Here are the lineups for the two sides.

Nationals

SS Trea Turner
RF Adam Eaton
3B Anthony Rendon
LF Juan Soto
DH Howie Kendrick
2B Asdrúbal Cabrera
1B Ryan Zimmerman
C Kurt Suzuki
CF Victor Robles

SP Stephen Strasburg

No changes here. Manager Dave Martinez is rolling out the same exact lineup as he had in Game 1.

Astros

CF George Springer
2B José Altuve
LF Michael Brantley
3B Alex Bregman
1B Yuli Gurriel
DH Yordan Álvarez
SS Carlos Correa
C Robinson Chirinos
RF Josh Reddick

SP Justin Verlander

Likewise, Astros skipper A.J. Hinch has hardly changed his lineup. The only difference is Chirinos is doing the catching tonight as opposed to Martín Maldonado.

Springer notably did not give maximum effort on an RBI double he hit off of the wall in right-center field, thinking it was a home run. He could’ve had a triple. Springer and Hinch discussed it over the phone late last night, Bleacher Report’s Scott Miller reports. Hinch didn’t seem too concerned about it.