World Series 2010: Cliff Lee Rocked, Giants Win Game 1

Cliff Lee didn't escape the fifth inning in Game 1, allowing seven runs on eight hits and a walk as the San Francisco Giants took a 1-0 series lead with an 11-7.

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Lincecum Bests Lee, Giants Take Game 1 Of World Series

The San Francisco Giants won Game 1 of the 2010 World Series on Wednesday night, beating the Texas Rangers 11-7.

Neither starting pitcher was sharp in the contest. Cliff Lee was chased after just four and two thirds innings of work, allowing seven runs (six earned), on eight hits, striking out seven and walking one. Reliever Darren O’Day relieved Lee in the fifth inning and promptly gave up a two out, two run home run to Juan Uribe.

Lee was charged with the loss.

Tim Lincecum wasn’t sharp for San Francisco but earned the victory. Lincecum lasted just five and two thirds innings, giving up eight hits, walking two and striking out three while giving up four runs.

Six Giants relievers entered the game after Lincecum, with Brian Wilson entering in a non-save situation in the ninth to end the game.

The Rangers used four relievers in the contest: O’Day, Alexi Ogando, Mark Lowe and Michael Kirkman. Lowe was charged with three runs on three hits in the eighth inning and only recorded two outs.

Bengie Molina and Mitch Moreland were the only Rangers hitters to record multiple hits in Game 1.

Freddy Sanchez made World Series history, becoming the first player to hit three doubles in his first three World Series at bats. Sanchez finished the game with four hits with three RBI.

Game 2 will take place Thursday night as C.J. Wilson will take the mound for the Rangers as they look to even the series. Matt Cain will oppose Wilson and look to give the Giants a commanding 2-0 World Series lead.

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World Series Game One Lineups

RANGERS

Elvis Andrus – SS
Michael Young – 3B
Josh Hamilton – CF
Vladimir Guerrero – RF
Nelson Cruz – LF
Ian Kinsler – 2B
Bengie Molina – C
Mitch Moreland – 1B

Cliff Lee

GIANTS

Andres Torres – CF
Freddy Sanchez – 2B
Buster Posey – C
Pat Burrell – LF
Cody Ross – LF
Aubrey Huff – 1B
Juan Uribe – 3B
Edgar Renteria – SS

Tim Lincecum

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Mark Lowe Added To Rangers World Series Roster, Clay Rapada Dropped

The Rangers have added hard throwing right-handed reliever Mark Lowe to their roster for the World Series and have dropped Clay Rapada to clear room. Texas used four left-handed relievers in the ALCS against the New York Yankees and used Rapada specifically against Robinson Cano. Without a perfect matchup for Rapada and with more righty bats on the Giants roster, the Rangers elected to go with four righties and three lefties in their pen.

Lowe was obtained from the Seattle Mariners as a part of the Cliff Lee trade in July. He had been injured for most of the season and returned in time to pitch a few innings in September but was not included on the ALDS or ALCS rosters.

Lowe was picked by the Mariners (5th round) in the 2004 draft out of UT Arlington. He threw 80 innings for the M’s in 2009 and posted a 3.26 ERA.

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World Series 2010 Game 1: Cliff Lee Vs. Tim Lincecum

The Texas Rangers will finally play in a World Series game tonight. The American League champion Rangers will take on the San Francisco Giants tonight in Game 1 of the 2010 World Series.

Cliff Lee will have the honor of being the first Rangers pitcher to start a World Series game. His postseason heroics are well documented - through three starts this year in the playoffs, Lee has gone 3-0 in 24 innings while striking out 34 and walking only one batter. Lee hasn't pitched in over a week when he defeated the Yankees in Yankee Stadium to give Texas a 2-1 ALCS advantage.

San Francisco will counter with their own ace, strikeout master Tim Lincecum. Lincecum is the reigning two-time National League Cy Young winner and he went 16-10 with a 3.43 ERA for San Francisco this year while leading the National League in strikeouts for a third consecutive season. So far in the playoffs, Lincecum is 2-1 with 30 strikeouts in 23.1 innings. He made an appearance out of the bullpen in Game 6 of the NLCS, pitching only a third of an inning, striking out one and allowing two hits. His last start game on October 21 in San Francisco during Game 5 of the NLCS when fielding gaffes led to a loss for Lincecum and the Giants.

Since the game is in San Francisco, National League rules will apply. No designated hitter will be used in Games 1 and 2 - nor 6 and 7 (if necessary). Ron Washington has stated that regular designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero will start in the outfield for at least one of the games in San Francisco. Guerrero has been a declining defender and right field is very tricky in AT&T park with McCovey's Cove and triples alley so his defense may be something to watch in this series.

For the first time in the postseason, the Rangers games can be found on FOX. First pitch is slated for 7:57 p.m. Eastern time, 4:57 p.m. PDT. 

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