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Giancarlo Stanton back in USA’s lineup vs. Puerto Rico

Mar 12, 2013, 7:18 PM EDT

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Below you’ll find the starting lineups for Tuesday night’s second-round World Baseball Classic game between Team USA and Team Puerto Rico at Marlins Park in Miami. First pitch is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET.

   TEAM USA                       TEAM PUERTO RICO
1. Jimmy Rollins, SS            1. Angel Pagan, CF
2. Brandon Phillips, 2B         2. Irving Falu, 2B
3. Ryan Braun, LF               3. Alex Rios, RF
4. Joe Mauer, C                 4. Carlos Beltran, DH
5. David Wright, 3B             5. Yadier Molina, C
6. Eric Hosmer, 1B              6. Mike Aviles, SS
7. Adam Jones, CF               7. Martin Maldonado, 1B
8. Giancarlo Stanton, RF        8. Andy Gonzalez, 3B
9. Ben Zobrist, DH              9. Eddie Rosario, LF

SP Gio Gonzalez, LH             SP Mario Santiago, RH

Stanton is back in action after being left out of Sunday evening’s 9-4 victory over Team Canada.

Santiago, Puerto Rico’s starting pitcher for this one, had a 5.70 ERA and 1.63 WHIP in 47 1/3 innings with the Royals’ Triple-A affiliate in 2011. The 28-year-old right-hander did not pitch in MLB-affiliated ball in 2012.

  1. chacochicken - Mar 12, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Torre will have him lay down a bunt.

    • cur68 - Mar 12, 2013 at 8:11 PM

      In the first inning.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    • chacochicken - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:28 PM

      Impressive catch by the Iron Giant. Good game so far…They interviewed David Samson who did his best Trump/car salesman pitch for how great the stadium is and its incalculable value in Miami.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:42 PM

        God, that thing is hideous.

      • jwbiii - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:17 PM

        Samson or the stadium?

  2. schlom - Mar 12, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    You have to love a lineup that has the worst two hitters batting first and second – this is the kind of unconventional out of the box thinking that Jim Kaat loves.

  3. imthewiz77 - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    The worst hitter is batting 6th and the most puzzling fact is that your best fielder is DHing. Why not DH Stanton or Braun?

    • Old Gator - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:19 PM

      The Iron Giant happens to be a fine fielder with a howitzer for an arm.

  4. js20011041 - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    I’d ask if a monkey filled out this lineup, but I’m not so sure a monkey wouldn’t have done a better job. This begs the question, has Torre watched any baseball in the last three years? Mauer in cleanup and Stanton batting 8th? Really?

    • Old Gator - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:20 PM

      It’s not real. It’s Memorex.

  5. Walk - Mar 13, 2013 at 3:27 AM

    Move mauer to second and put stanton fourth. At least i would, zobrist might even be better second in order, stanton fourth and mauer sixth depending on pitcher. That lineup is a hot mess.

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