DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies have shuffled their deck for tonight's game in Coors Field and they really have no choice. They're down, 2-0, in the World Series to the Boston Red Sox and scored just two runs while batting just .180 in Fenway Park.
So leadoff man Willy Taveras, in a 3-for-25 slump that included 0 for 7 in this series, has been benched and Cory Sullivan is in center field. Kaz Matsui is the new leadoff hitter and Troy Tulowitzki is back in the No. 2 hole, up from the No. 7 slot where he has struggled in the postseason.
As Manager Terry Francona announced Friday, David Ortiz is at first base and Kevin Youkilis is out with no designated hitter. Jacoby Ellsbury is the leadoff hitter and Dustin Pedroia is down from No. 1 to No. 2.
Here's tonight's starting lineups:
Jacoby Ellsbury, cf Kaz Matsui, 2b
Dustin Pedroia, 2b Troy Tulowitzki, ss
David Ortiz, 1b Matt Holliday, lf
Manny Ramirez, lf Todd Helton, 1b
Mike Lowell, 3b Garrett Atkins, 3b
J.D. Drew, rf Brad Hawpe, rf
Jason Varitek, c Yorvit Torrealba, c
Julio Lugo, ss Cory Sullivan, cf
Daisuke Matsuzaka, p Josh Fogg, p