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Rays, Rangers set rosters, lineups

Posted on: October 6, 2010 10:16 am
Edited on: October 6, 2010 10:30 am
Raise your hand if you predicted Rocco Baldelli and Jeff Francoeur would be starting in the first game of the playoffs.

The Rays have released their lineup for today's game, which starts at 1:37 p.m. Eastern:

Jason Bartlett SS
B.J. Upton CF
Carl Crawford LF
Evan Longoria 3B
Carlos Pena 1B
Rocco Baldelli DH
Ben Zobrist RF
Kelly Shoppach C
Sean Rodriguez 2B
David Price LHP

The big news there is Baldelli, who not only made the roster but gets the Game 1 start at DH. Also, Willy Aybar and Dioner Navarro have been left off the first-round roster.

Rangers lineup:

Elvis Andrus SS
Michael Young 3B
Josh Hamilton CF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Nelson Cruz LF
Ian Kinsler 2B
Jeff Francoeur RF
Jorge Cantu 1B
Bengie Molina C

Cliff Lee LHP

The Rangers' roster breaks down like this (thanks to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram ):

Pitchers: Cliff Lee, C.J. Wilson, Colby Lewis, Tommy Hunter, Neftali Feliz, Darren Oliver, Darren O'Day, Alexi Ogando, Dustin Nippert, Derek Holland.

Catchers: Bengie Molina, Matt Treanor.

Infielders: Elvis Andrus, Michael Young, Ian Kinsler, Jorge Cantu, Mitch Moreland, Andres Blanco, Esteban German.

Outfielders: Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz, Julio Borbon, Jeff Francoeur, David Murphy.

Designated hitters: Vladimir Guerrero.

Clay Rapada was left off in favor of Esteban German for the last spot.

Look for some good matchup information here prior to game time.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Tags: Rangers, Rays

Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: October 6, 2010 1:22 pm

Rays, Rangers set rosters, lineups

Francoeur has actually been a major contributor for the Rangers over the past couple of weeks. He definitely earned his way onto the playoff roster.

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2010 12:55 pm

Rays, Rangers set rosters, lineups

I missed the memo stating that Francoeur got traded.  Oops.

Good for him, though.

Since: Nov 28, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2010 12:53 pm

Rays, Rangers set rosters, lineups

So glad to see Rocco in this spot

Since: Mar 4, 2009
Posted on: October 6, 2010 12:02 pm

Rays, Rangers set rosters, lineups

Go Rangers!!!!

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2010 11:29 am

Rays, Rangers set rosters, lineups

Rocco Baldelli is a great guy.  Seeing him on the opening game playoff roster makes me almost want to root for the Rays.


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