Phils go with Coste at DH for Game 1
Manuel's options limited in AL park against lefty Kazmir
ST. PETERSBURG -- Opting for another right-handed bat against Rays lefty Scott Kazmir in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel started Chris Coste at designated hitter and batted him eighth.
|Game 1 lineup|
|1. Jimmy Rollins||SS|
|2. Jayson Werth||RF|
|3. Chase Utley||2B|
|4. Ryan Howard||1B|
|5. Pat Burrell||LF|
|6. Shane Victorino||CF|
|7. Pedro Feliz||3B|
|8. Chris Coste||DH|
|9. Carlos Ruiz||C|
"I didn't like the way it would set up," Manuel said. "Somewhere during the game, I might want to pinch-hit for Bruntlett, which could put us in a bind."Manuel briefly considered Stairs, despite his being left-handed, but went with Coste because Stairs hadn't played much vs. lefties. Ultimately, Coste said he won't be affected by his recent lack of at-bats. "I've have a lot of times in my career where I didn't play much and was able to get hits," Coste said on Tuesday. "Then, there's the intensity of being able to flip on a switch with the intensity of the playoffs."
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.