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Game 7 Lineups

It's just less than four hours to game time, and the managers have made a total of no startling decisions -- save for, perhaps, Franklin Gutierrez playing right field for the Indians, instead of Trot Nixon, who had a couple hits last night. Nixon, though, went 0 for 2 with a strikeout against Matsuzaka in Game 3.

Here you go:

Grady Sizemore -- 8
Asdrubal Cabrera -- 4
Travis Hafner -- DH
Victor Martinez -- 2
Ryan Garko -- 3
Jhonny Peralta -- 6
Kenny Lofton -- 7
Franklin Gutierrez -- 9
Casey Blake -- 5

Jake Westbrook -- 1

Dustin Pedroia -- 4
Kevin Youkilis -- 3
David Ortiz -- DH
Manny Ramirez -- 7
Mike Lowell -- 5
J.D. Drew -- 9
Jason Varitek -- 2
Jacoby Ellsbury -- 8
Julio Lugo -- 6

Daisuke Matsuzaka -- 1

The sense here is that the outcome of this game could depend on the right arm of Daisuke Matsuzaka. And the sense is that, if he fails, they'll go right to Josh Beckett, and then perhaps to Tim Wakefield. The Indians, of course, could counter with C.C. Sabathia if Westbrook fails.

UPDATE: Terry Francona just said that Tim Wakefield would likely not be available tonight. He's throwing a side session this afternoon, but Francona said because he has been through so much with a bad back, it's hard to get him up in the middle of the game (not to mention the fact that they would probably have to change catchers and bring in Mirabelli if Wakefield came in). Josh Beckett, however, is available, with this caveat. "Because he says he's available and wants to be available doesn't mean we'll create a situation for him in this game," Francona said. That said, he made it clear that they could go to Beckett.

All hands on deck. We'll check in later.

By Barry Svrluga  |  October 21, 2007; 4:37 PM ET
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A plague of minges couldn't help the Indians now...

Posted by: Anonymous | October 21, 2007 5:07 PM | Report abuse

ohhh kaaay


A plague of minges couldn't help the Indians now...

Posted by: Anonymous | October 21, 2007 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Hey Barry,

Looks to me like the Nats Marketing is still a mess. Some of us got emails about ESPN Zone promotion some did not, I did but I already put my cash down for 2008 season tickets (4th year now).

They still have not ever figured out the whole MP3 thing and they are giving away extra bobble heads and used baseballs (I would have liked on of those, I never got one in 3 seasons ar RFK)......Bet Nats still print the tickets in Western Canada and ship them on the Fed Ex contract that takes 10 days to overnight them......That might be a story, you think?

Posted by: JayB | October 21, 2007 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Westbrook has less to prove and has done better in the post-season than Dice-K, so despite the conventional wisdom, I think the Indians have a chance. It looked like the kids had a chance against the professionals until last night in Boston. I have loved the reporting in the daily edition.

Posted by: Ted Leavengood | October 21, 2007 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Hello, nice site :)

Posted by: Brin | December 4, 2007 2:28 PM | Report abuse

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