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Adams starts at DH, Pache absent in Saturday’s lineup

Was anyone expecting this?

Toronto Blue Jays v Atlanta Braves Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

I hate to be the bearer of bad (or at least unexpected, perhaps jarring) lineup of news, but here I am. This is the Braves’ lineup for tonight’s contest against the Phillies:

For all the roster shuffle the past few days, this lineup reflects none of it. Alex Jackson’s callup doesn’t matter as Tyler Flowers starts at catcher and the DH spot goes to Matt Adams... which pushes Marcell Ozuna into left field and Cristian Pache to the bench. It’s a little weird to me that the Braves are using any of Pache’s call-up time to sit on the bench, especially in favor of Matt Adams, but here we are. With no d’Arnaud, Ozuna hits third, and Adam Duvall is penciled into the cleanup spot.

This is a novel defensive and offensive arrangement for the Braves this year. We’ll see how it works out.

Meanwhile, the Phillies look like this tonight:

Bryce Harper is back, yes that is indeed Phil Gosselin hitting fifth, and no, Alec Bohm is not in the lineup after his defensive adventures yesterday. It's a new look for a scuffling team that wants to avoid a fifth straight defeat today.

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