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American League Wild Card Game: Rays-Indians lineups

Oct 2, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

Terry Francona, Joe Maddon AP

Here are the lineups for tonight’s American League Wild Card Game between the Rays and Indians, in Cleveland:

Rays:
LF David DeJesus
RF Wil Myers
1B James Loney
3B Evan Longoria
2B Ben Zobrist
CF Desmond Jennings
DH Delmon Young
SS Yunel Escobar
C Jose Molina

SP Alex Cobb

Wil Myers only batted second 11 times all season, but did so in five of the last seven games. Desmond Jennings slides down in the lineup, with midseason pickup David DeJesus leading off. And manager Joe Maddon is going with Delmon Young at designated hitter versus Indians right-hander Danny Salazar, which is odd. For his career Young has a measly .709 OPS off righties, compared to .812 off lefties. Salazar showing a reserve platoon split as a rookie no doubt played a big part in Young getting the DH nod over Matt Joyce, Kelly Johnson, or Luke Scott (who isn’t even on the roster).

Indians:
CF Michael Bourn
1B Nick Swisher
2B Jason Kipnis
DH Carlos Santana
LF Michael Brantley
RF Ryan Raburn
SS Asdrubal Cabrera
C Yan Gomes
3B Lonnie Chisenhall

SP Danny Salazar

Michael Bourn is back in the Indians’ lineup after leaving the regular season final with a calf injury. Terry Francona went with Yan Gomes at catcher and Carlos Santana at designated hitter most of the time down the stretch and he’s sticking with that tonight, which means no Jason Giambi. Lonnie Chisenhall gets the nod at third base over Mike Aviles and Ryan Raburn starts over Drew Stubbs in the outfield. In all the Indians have seven left-handed hitters in the lineup versus Rays right-hander Alex Cobb.

  1. stephenolszewski - Oct 2, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Two of the better Managers going head to head tonight absolutely can’t wait

    • moogro - Oct 2, 2013 at 7:13 PM

      I agree. Hoping for a close, dramatic game with substitutions coming up big.

  2. papacrick - Oct 2, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Doesn’t matter what Young’s ops is against righties or anything else. It’s the damn playoffs and this fat bum turns into Babe Ruth come October. Throw the splits out the window

  3. yankeepunk3000 - Oct 2, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    damn right on the bum becoming Ruth big inning homerun

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