The first of our four games today involves the Rays of Tampa Bay and the Astros of Houston.
The Rays have changed things up a good bit from their Wild Card win over Oakland. Out is Avisaíl García, Wednesday’s right fielder. Austin Meadows takes right, Tommy Pham moves from DH to left, Yandy Díaz moves from first base to DH and Ji-Man Choi takes over at first. Got all that? Good:
1. Austin Meadows (L) RF
2. Tommy Pham (R) LF
3. Ji-Man Choi (L) 1B
4. Yandy Diaz (R) DH
5. Brandon Lowe (L) 2B
6. Travis d'Arnaud (R) C
7. Joey Wendle (L) 3B
8. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF
9. Willy Adames (R) SS
P: Tyler Glasnow
The Astros are, well, the Astros. You’ve seen them enough the past few seasons that I don’t feel like any of this should shock you:
1. George Springer (R) CF
2. Jose Altuve (R) 2B
3. Michael Brantley (L) LF
4. Alex Bregman (R) 3B
5. Yordan Alvarez (L) DH
6. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B
7. Carlos Correa (R) SS
8. Robinson Chirinos (R) C
9. Josh Reddick (L) RF
P: Justin Verlander
Exactly what you’d expect, of course. The Astros are a blunt instrument. They are not going to try to trick ya.
A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.
MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.
The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.
St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.
There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.
Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.
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