The holiday weekend begins with a transaction. Danny Richar has been placed on the 15-day DL, and Edwin Encarnacion has been reinstated to the active roster. Welcome back, Edwin!
Well, we can’t welcome EE back to the lineup, because Jerry Hairston is starting at third. Of course. Full lineup below the fold. It is bizarre, as usual. Willy Taveras is actually not leading off, with the Cardinals throwing a right-hander tonight. Don’t get too excited. Taveras is batting second (!), rather than playing lefty-hitting Laynce Nix tonight. Things just keep getting curiouser and curiouser.
It’s a sellout crowd at Great American Ballpark. Let’s hope they’re loud and that they get to go home happy. Discuss the game here.