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World Series Game 1 lineups: Tigers vs. Giants

Oct 24, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the World Series between the Tigers and Giants, in San Francisco:

DETROIT TIGERS                   SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
1. Austin Jackson, CF            1. Angel Pagan, CF
2. Omar Infante, 2B              2. Marco Scutaro, 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B            3. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
4. Prince Fielder, 1B            4. Buster Posey, C
5. Delmon Young, LF              5. Hunter Pence, RF
6. Jhonny Peralta, SS            6. Brandon Belt, 1B
7. Avisail Garcia, RF            7. Gregor Blanco, LF
8. Alex Avila, C                 8. Brandon Crawford, SS
9. Justin Verlander, SP          9. Barry Zito, SP

Playing under NL rules takes the designated hitter away from the Tigers, so manager Jim Leyland has Delmon Young in left field and Andy Dirks on the bench. Young is terrible defensively, but came through offensively in the ALCS and having him in the lineup against left-hander Barry Zito makes sense. Leyland has typically benched Alex Avila in favor of Gerald Laird versus lefties, but Avila is behind the plate tonight catching Justin Verlander.

Bruce Bochy is going with his standard lineup versus right-handed pitching, which includes Buster Posey catching and cleaning up, Pablo Sandoval batting in front of him, and Gregor Blanco in left field while Melky Cabrera remains absent from the playoff roster.

  1. historiophiliac - Oct 24, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Finally! Leyland learned his lesson. No Laird.

    • nflfollower - Oct 24, 2012 at 8:10 PM

      Actually Avila is terrible vs. left handed pitching, as much as I like the guy. We can all look forward to a few pitiful swings tonight vs. Zito. And Laird has actually been something of a pleasant surprise, although I must stress only in his limited role.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 24, 2012 at 8:22 PM

        Laird can’t hit shit though. In our last blow-out against the Stanks, Laird was the weak link (3rd out w/ bases loaded) and he allows more stolen bases than Avila. Hitting being even, it’s better to have Avila in for the better defense at home plate.

  2. xjokerz - Oct 24, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Tigers in 4

    • sailcat54 - Oct 24, 2012 at 9:40 PM

      Zito just hit a RBI and it is now 5-0, Giants. Want to revise your insane predictions or should we just agree you’re living in an insane fantasy world?

  3. stlouis1baseball - Oct 24, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Zito needs to throw darts just like his last outing.
    It’s a big if…but…If so…it’s gonna be a long night for the Tigers.
    Go National League!

    Sorry Philiac! But you know the drill.

  4. xjokerz - Oct 24, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    long night for the tigers? your giants are going against verlander…
    get real..talk about a long night looming

    • Francisco (FC) - Oct 24, 2012 at 10:36 PM

      Say, how does that crow taste there Jokerz?

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