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Sunday, October 25, 2009
Lee gets Game 1 start for Phillies

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee will start Game 1 of the World Series against the Yankees.

Lee has been dominant in the postseason, going 2-0 with an 0.74 ERA in three starts. Manager Charlie Manuel made the announcement Sunday.

Lee will take the mound Wednesday night at New York. The Yankees beat the Angels 5-2 on Sunday night to win the AL championship series in six games.

Manuel hasn't set the rest of his rotation. Pedro Martinez and Cole Hamels are the candidates to pitch Game 2. By pitching the opener, Lee could get three starts if needed. Manuel said he would consider using his ace on three days' rest.

Lee was the AL Cy Young Award winner last year with Cleveland. He joined the Phillies in a trade and went 7-4 with a 3.39 ERA in 12 starts.