Rays, Astros lineups for Game 1

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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.