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Lineups for AL Wild Card game

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After a thrilling battle between the Cubs and Rockies in the NL Wild Card game on Tuesday, we turn our attention to the AL Wild Card on Wednesday evening between the Athletics and Yankees. TBS has the broadcast for tonight’s game, starting at 8:08 PM ET. The winner moves on to face the Red Sox in the ALDS, which will begin on Friday.

Athletics

LF Nick Martini (.296/.397/.414, 1 HR, 19 RBI, 26 R, 0 SB)
3B Matt Chapman (.278/.356/.508, 24 HR, 68 RBI, 100 R, 1 SB)
2B Jed Lowrie (.267/.353/.448, 23 HR, 99 RBI, 78 R, 0 SB)
DH Khris Davis (.247/.326/.549, 48 HR, 123 RBI, 98 R, 0 SB)
1B Matt Olson (.247/.335/.453, 29 HR, 84 RBI, 85 R, 2 SB)
RF Stephen Piscotty (.267/.331/.491, 27 HR, 88 RBI, 78 R, 2 SB)
CF Ramón Laureano (.288/.358/.474, 5 HR, 19 RBI, 27 R, 7 SB)
SS Marcus Semien (.255/.318/.388, 15 HR, 70 RBI, 89 R, 14 SB)
C Jonathan Lucroy (.241/.291/.325, 4 HR, 51 RBI, 41 R, 0 SB)

P Liam Hendriks (0-1, 4.13 ERA, 22 K, 10 BB, 24 IP)

Note: The Athletics plan to use Hendriks as an “opener,” so he shouldn’t go any more than an inning.

Yankees

LF Andrew McCutchen (.255/.368/.424, 20 HR, 65 RBI, 83 R, 14 SB)
RF Aaron Judge (.278/.392/.528, 27 HR, 67 RBI, 77 R, 6 SB)
CF Aaron Hicks (.248/.366/.467, 27 HR, 79 RBI, 90 R, 11 SB)
DH Giancarlo Stanton (.266/.343/.509, 38 HR, 100 RBI, 102 R, 5 SB)
1B Luke Voit (.333/.405/.689, 14 HR, 33 RBI, 28 R, 0 SB)
SS Didi Gregorius (.268/.335/.494, 27 HR, 86 RBI, 89 R, 10 SB)
3B Miguel Andújar (.297/.328/.527, 27 HR, 92 RBI, 83 R, 2 SB)
C Gary Sánchez (.186/.291/.406, 18 HR, 53 RBI, 51 R, 1 SB)
2B Gleyber Torres (.271/.340/.480, 24 HR, 77 RBi, 54 R, 6 SB)

P Luis Severino (19-8, 3.39 ERA, 220 K, 46 BB, 191 1/3 IP)

Brewers to give Mike Moustakas a look at second base

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The Brewers reportedly signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $10 million contract on Sunday. While the deal is not yet official, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers plan to give Moustakas a look at second base during spring training. If all goes well, he will be the primary second baseman and Travis Shaw will stay at third base.

The initial thought was that Moustakas would simply take over at third base for the more versatile Shaw. Moustakas has spent 8,035 of his career defensive innings at third base, 35 innings at first base, and none at second. In fact, he has never played second base as a pro player. Shaw, meanwhile, has spent 268 of his 4,073 1/3 defensive innings in the majors at second base and played there as recently as October.

This is certainly an interesting wrinkle to signing Moustakas, who is a decent third baseman. He was victimized by another slow free agent market, not signing until March last year on a $6.5 million deal with a $15 million mutual option for this season. That option was declined, obviously, and he ended up signing for $5 million cheaper here in February as the Brewers waited him out. Notably, Moustakas did not have qualifying offer compensation attached to him this time around.

Last season, between the Royals and Brewers, the 30-year-old Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.