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Yankees, Twins lineups for ALDS Game 2

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Game 1 of the American League Division Series fell in the Yankees’ favor on Friday. They pummeled the league-leading home run champs by a score of 10-4, backed by a four-RBI performance from DJ LeMahieu and a key two-run double from Gleyber Torres. With the win, they not only gained an advantage over the Twins, but extended their postseason streak to 11 consecutive victories against Minnesota.

So, it’s hardly surprising that the club plans to run with the same configuration they tried in Game 1. Why mess with something that worked so well the first time around?

  1. DJ LeMahieu (R) 1B
  2. Aaron Judge (R) RF
  3. Brett Gardner (L) CF
  4. Edwin Encarnación (R) DH
  5. Giancarlo Stanton (R) LF
  6. Gleyber Torres (R) 2B
  7. Gary Sánchez (R) C
  8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS
  9. Gio Urshela (R) 3B

P: RHP Masahiro Tanaka

The Twins, meanwhile, will shuffle things around a bit in order to avoid a repeat of Friday’s double-digit defeat:

  1. Max Kepler (L) CF
  2. Jorge Polanco (S) SS
  3. Nelson Cruz (R) DH
  4. Eddie Rosario (L) RF
  5. Mitch Garver (R) C
  6. Luis Arraez (L) 2B
  7. Miguel Sanó (R) 3B
  8. Marwin Gonzalez (S) 1B
  9. Jake Cave (L) LF

P: RHP Randy Dobnak

Garver has been bumped from the leadoff spot, while Sanó is down in the no. 7 slot, Arraez is up to no. 6, Gonzalez shifted from left field to first base, and C.J. Cron is taking a breather so Cave can make his first postseason start.

Game 2 of the ALDS is set for 5:07 PM EDT.

Scott Boras to pay salaries of released minor league clients

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Across the league, scores of minor leaguers have been released in recent days. Already overworked and underpaid, these players are now left without any kind of reliable income during a pandemic, and during a time of civil unrest.

Jon Heyman reports that agent Scott Boras will pay the salaries of his minor league clients who were among those released. It’s a great and much-needed gesture. Boras described the releases as “completely unanticipated.”

Boras, of course, is perhaps the most successful sports agent of all time, so he and his company can afford to do this. That being said, it should be incumbent on the players’ teams — not their agents or their teammates — to take care of them in a time of crisis. Boras is, effectively, subsidizing the billionaire owners’ thriftiness.