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October 29, 2009 at 2:18 PM

World Series Game 2 lineups and Game Thread (hopefully)

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Yesterday’s game thread never picked up any steam, but I’ll try again.

Here are the lineups:

Phillies

Jimmy Rollins SS

Shane Victorino CF

Chase Utley 2B

Ryan Howard 1B

Jayson Werth RF

Raul Ibanez LF

Matt Stairs DH

Pedro Feliz 3B

Carlos Ruiz C

Pedro Martinez RHP (5-1, 3.63 ERA in 2009, 0-0, 0.00 in seven postseason innings)

Yankees

Derek Jeter SS

Johnny Damon LF

Mark Teixeira 1B

Alex Rodriguez 3B

Hideki Matsui DH

Robinson Cano 2B

Jerry Hairston Jr. RF

Melky Cabrera CF

Jose Molina C

A.J. Burnett RHP (13-9, 4.04 in 2009, 0-0, 4.42 in three postseason starts)

Let’s see — Raul Ibanez returns to left field, and Matt Stairs takes over at DH against righty A.J. Burnett. For the Yankees, Jorge Posada hits the bench so that Burnett’s designated catcher, Jose Molina, can lug his non-productive bat into the lineup. Slumping switch-hitter Nick Swisher (3-for-23, no extra-base hits in the postseason) hits the pines, and Jerry Hairston Jr. gets the call in right.

The real show will be Pedro Martinez back at Yankee Stadium after so many battles with the Yankees during Martinez’s Red Sox days. This obviously isn’t the same Pedro that in his prime was one of the most dominant pitchers of his era (or any era); his Opening Day shutout of the Mariners at Safeco in 2000, a two-hitter, was indicative of his brilliance, especially against Seattle. He absolutely owned the Mariners, going 13-1, 1.57 in 13 games (so far). The Mariners’ batting average against him was (is) .177. Pedro in 1997-2003 was staggeringly great — Hall of Fame great, no question about it.

But Don Zimmer doesn’t have a high regard for Martinez’s version of their infamous 2003 skirmish at Fenway. Martinez told reporters yesterday that Zimmer, then 72, “was trying to punch my mouth and told me a couple of bad words about my mom.” To which Zimmer, now a still-feisty 78, responded to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times: “Pedro is full of crap.”

(Photo by Associated Press)

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