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Rays, Astros lineups for ALDS Game 5

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The last game of the Division Series round gives us one team shaking things up a bit and the other giving us almost the same starting nine as last time.

For the Rays, Yandy Díaz will miss his second straight start due to foot soreness, after leaving early in Game 3. Beyond that Eric Sogard gets the start at second base and there are various flops and flips in the order:

1. Austin Meadows (L) LF
2. Tommy Pham (R) DH
3. Ji-Man Choi (L) 1B
4. Travis d'Arnaud (R) C
5. Eric Sogard (L) 2B
6. Avisaíl García (R) RF
7. Joey Wendle (L) 3B
8. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF
9. Willy Adames (R) SS

The Astros, in contrast, are going with the same lineup they used in Game 4, save the substitution of Martín Maldonado for Robinson Chirinos:

1. George Springer (R) CF
2. Michael Brantley (L) LF
3. José Altuve (R) 2B
4. Alex Bregman (R) 3B
5. Yordan Álvarez (L) DH
6. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B
7. Carlos Correa (R) SS
8. Josh Reddick (L) RF
9. Martín Maldonado (R) C

Game starts at 7:07 PM Eastern time.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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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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