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ALDS Game 5 lineups: Rangers versus Rays

Oct 12, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

Here are the starting lineups for tonight’s Game 5 of the ALDS:

   TAMPA BAY RAYS                 TEXAS RANGERS
1. Jason Bartlett, SS          1. Elvis Andrus, SS
2. Ben Zobrist, RF             2. Michael Young, 3B
3. Carl Crawford, LF           3. Josh Hamilton, CF
4. Evan Longoria, 3B           4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH
5. Carlos Pena, 1B             5. Nelson Cruz, LF
6. B.J. Upton, CF              6. Ian Kinsler, 2B
7. Dan Johnson, DH             7. Jeff Francoeur, RF
8. Kelly Shoppach, C           8. Bengie Molina, C
9. Sean Rodriguez, 2B          9. Mitch Moreland, 1B

Both teams have made some changes compared to the Game 1 lineups. Texas has benched Jorge Cantu in favor of Mitch Moreland at first base. Tampa Bay has replaced Rocco Baldelli with Dan Johnson at designated hitter while moving Ben Zobrist into the No. 2 spot and sliding B.J. Upton back into the No. 6 spot.
Josh Hamilton and Moreland are the only left-handed batters in the lineup against lefty David Price, while lefty bats Carl Crawford, Carlos Pena, and Johnson are in there versus southpaw Cliff Lee.

  1. David W - Oct 12, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    Looking forward to this one. I think Lee continues his post season dominance and goes 7 strong in a tight win.

  2. Ick McWang - Oct 12, 2010 at 7:16 PM

    rays should be using Willy Aybar in place of Dan Johnson, but I am sure Maddon wants a righty on the bench as the Rays are lefty heavy. I bet the Rays wish they had Jorge Cantu or Jonny Gomes back, both are good righty bats and it seems the Rays have been looking for one since they let Gomes go. (Burrell, Blalock, Dan Johnson?)

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