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ALDS Game 1 lineups: Rays vs. Rangers

Sep 30, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

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Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the Rays-Rangers series tonight:

   TAMPA BAY RAYS                 TEXAS RANGERS
1. Sean Rodriguez, SS          1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
2. B.J. Upton, CF              2. Elvis Andrus, SS
3. Evan Longoria, 3B           3. Josh Hamilton, CF
4. Ben Zobrist, 2B             4. Michael Young, 1B
5. Johnny Damon, DH            5. Adrian Beltre, 3B
6. Kelly Shoppach, C           6. Mike Napoli, C
7. Casey Kotchman, 1B          7. Nelson Cruz, RF
8. Desmond Jennings, LF        8. Yorvit Torrealba, DH
9. Matt Joyce, RF              9. Craig Gentry, LF

SP Matt Moore, LHP             SP C.J. Wilson, LHP

Pretty standard lineup for the Rangers versus left-handed pitching, with the exception of Yorvit Torrealba and Mike Napoli being in there together. Mike Scioscia’s lack of faith in Napoli defensively led to him leaving the Angels, yet Ron Washington has chosen to use Napoli at catcher and Torrealba at DH. With tons of right-handed power the Rangers’ lineup is an extremely tough first assignment for Rays left-hander Matt Moore.

Tampa Bay’s lineup versus lefty C.J. Wilson is much less standard, as it includes three left-handed hitters in the bottom five spots. Mostly that just means manager Joe Maddon has opted not to platoon Matt Joyce, who hit just .217 off lefties. Wilson has a nearly identical platoon split this season, faring equally well versus righties and lefties, but he was almost unhittable versus lefties in 2010.

  1. schlom - Sep 30, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Can that be right with Napoli at catcher and Torrealba at DH?

  2. hittfamily - Sep 30, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Desmond Jennings isn’t leading off for the first time this year. Kelly Shoppach is batting in the top 6 for the first time this year. Matt Joyce is batting 9th for the first time this season. Jeff Nieman was left off the roster. Matt Moore is starting his 2nd career game.

    Lot of firsts and seconds for this lineup. I hope it works.

  3. spudchukar - Sep 30, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Wonder how many post-season teams have hit their 1B, LF, and RF, 7,8, and 9?

    • sportsdrenched.com - Sep 30, 2011 at 4:56 PM

      Like the Rangers batting RF, DH, LF, 7,8,9?

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