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World Series Game #1: Francis vs Beckett

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More surprising for me than Ryan Spilborghs being in the lineup in the first place -Seth Smith would have been a fine option, but you've got to admit this is a huge stage to make your starting debut on- would be that Clint Hurdle elected to have him bat ninth.

Colorado:

   1. Willy Taveras, CF
   2. Kaz Matsui, 2B
   3. Matt Holliday, LF
   4. Todd Helton, 1B
   5. Garrett Atkins, 3B
   6. Brad Hawpe, RF
   7. Troy Tulowitzki, SS
   8. Yorvit Torrealba, C
   9. Ryan Spilborghs, DH

Boston:

   1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
   2. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
   3. David Ortiz, DH
   4. Manny Ramirez, LF
   5. Mike Lowell, 3B
   6. Jason Varitek, C
   7. J.D. Drew, RF
   8. Julio Lugo, SS
   9. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

I mean, I know Yorvit's been on a roll this postseason, but Tulo certainly has not. For me it would have made more sense to switch Troy and Ryan for this game until Tulo gets his bearings back.

At any rate, I kind of like our chances tonight with Francis on the mound.

Go Rockies!