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October 28, 2009 at 1:41 PM

Game 1 World Series lineups (and game thread); Greinke honored by players as top AL pitcher; and a riff on all those Cabreras


Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the World Series, just posted in New York and helpfully forwarded by the Mariners’ Jeff Evans. If you want to use this as a game thread, that would be great.


Jimmy Rollins SS

Shane Victorino CF

Chase Utley 2B

Ryan Howard 1B

Jayson Werth RF

Raul Ibanez DH

Ben Francisco LF

Pedro Feliz 3B

Carlos Ruiz C

Cliff Lee LHP (14-13, 3.22 ERA; 2-0, 0.74 postseason)


Derek Jeter SS

Johnny Damon LF

Mark Teixeira 1B

Alex Rodriguez 3B

Jorge Posada C

Hideki Matsui DH

Robinson Cano 2B

Nick Swisher RF

Melky Cabrera CF

CC Sabathia LHP (19-8, 3.37 ERA; 3-0, 1.19 postseason)

Wow, those two lineups are loaded. It should be one heck of a game, the way Cliff Lee and CC Sabathia have been mowing down teams in the postseason. Raul Ibanez moves to DH in the American League park, with Ben Francisco taking over in left field.

Speaking of Melky Cabrera — we weren’t, actually, but we could have been — a reader sent me an e-mail today noting the proliferation of “Cabreras” in the major leagues. I looked it up, and there were seven that played this year — Asdrubal (Cleveland), Daniel (Arizona and Washington), Everth (Padres), Fernando (Boston), Melky (Yankees), Miguel (Detroit) and Orlando (Oakland, Minnesota).

Orlando Cabrera is the brother of one-time Mariner Jolbert Cabrera, who had a stint in Japan and came back to play in 2008 for the Reds. Miguel Cabrera is a perennial All-Star, but I’d maintain that the greatest Cabrera moment occurred in the 1992 NLCS, when Francisco Cabrera delivered the pinch-hit single that famously scored Sid Bream ahead of Barry Bonds’ throw to give the Braves the pennant. One of the greatest moments I’ve witnessed in person, right up there with the Kirk Gibson and Joe Carter homers. Hmmm, sounds like a future blog post.

It seems like these name clusters go in cycles. I remember writing a column years and years ago about all the Martinezes that were making a mark at the time (including Edgar). That had to have been in the mid-1990s. But the name of choice right now in MLB is Rodriguez. . There were 10 of them in the majors this season — three with the Angels (Fernando, Rafael and Sean). Also: Alex (Yankees; you may have heard of him), Francisco (Mets), Guillermo (Baltimore), Henry (Oakland), Ivan (Houston, Texas), Luis (Padres) and Wandy (Houston. Two Hall of Famers in that list — and I’m not talking about Wandy and Guillermo,

On another matter, Zack Greinke today won the Players Choice award as the American League’s outstanding pitcher in voting by the players. As we wrote about earlier, Felix Hernandez was not even a finalist. The top three were Greinke, Sabathia and Roy Halladay. Adam Wainwright of St. Louis won the NL honor over his teammate Chris Carpenter and the Giants’ (and UW’s) Tim Lincecum.

(Associated Press photo)



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