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Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Game 1 lineups have few surprises

By Jeff Caplan

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Texas Rangers will indeed go with right-handed hitters Jorge Cantu at first base and Jeff Francoeur in right field against lefty Tampa Bay Rays starter David Price in today's Game 1 of their American League Division Series. As for the Rays, the one surprise is designated hitter Rocco Baldelli, who only recently re-joined the club and has just 10 regular-season games under his belt.

"I didn't expect that," Rangers manager Ron Washington said of Bardelli's inclusion. "[Rays manager] Joe [Maddon] knows his personnel. Everyone he's got on there here's got on there for a reason."

Here are the Game 1 lineups:

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

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