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J.D. Martinez in left field for Game 3, Andrew Benintendi benched

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When an American League team with an established DH plays in a National League park it always raises the question of whether to bench the DH or whether to force him into the defensive alignment. The Red Sox have known that was coming with J.D. Martinez for some time, and there has been significant speculation regarding where he’ll play in Los Angeles.

Alex Cora ended the speculation a little while ago when he released his lineup: J.D. Martinez will play in left field and Andrew Benintendi will ride pine.

The lineup:

1. Mookie Betts (R) RF
2. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS
3. Mitch Moreland (L) 1B
4. J.D. Martinez (R) LF
5. Brock Holt (L) 2B
6. Rafael Devers (L) 3B
7. Jackie Bradley Jr. (L) CF
8. Christian Vazquez (R) C
9. Rick Porcello (R)

Some had speculated that Mookie Betts might play second base, which was his original position, allowing Martinez to play in right, but it’s been a while since he’s played there and the Sox have decided to keep the presumptive MVP in his usual position and go with Brock Holt at the keystone.

Another thing they could’ve done is put Martinez in right, slid Betts to center and kept Benintendi in the game, but I like this move better. Martinez is going to be a defensive liability wherever he plays. He’ll be less of one in left than right and, if you keep Jackie Bradley Jr. in the game at least you have your best defensive outfielder next to Martinez to at least try to cover for him. Not that Martinez is a complete tourist out there, as he played 32 games in left field during the season.

As for the Dodgers, there are no surprises here. Against the righty Rick Porcello they, finally, put their big bats in the starting lineup, with Max Muncy, Cody Bellinger and Joc Pederson getting the call:

1. Joc Pederson (L) LF
2. Justin Turner (R) 3B
3. Max Muncy (L) 1B
4. Manny Machado (R) SS
5. Cody Bellinger (L) CF
6. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
7. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
8. Chris Taylor (R) 2B
9. Walker Buehler (R) P P

Tigers sign Austin Romine to one-year, $4.1 million deal

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The Tigers and free agent catcher Austin Romine have agreed to a one-year contract, Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reports. WFAN’s Sweeny Murti specifies that the deal is for $4.1 million.

Romine, 31, has been in the league for eight seasons, all with the Yankees. Across 1,116 trips to the plate, he has hit .239/.281/.366. However, Romine is well-regarded for his defense and game-calling abilities.

Romine will slot in as the full-time catcher for the rebuilding Tigers. They’ll have Jake Rogers and Grayson Greiner behind him.