2011 World Series Game 1: St. Louis Cardinals' Lineup Announced Vs. Rangers

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 18: Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals speaks to the media during a news conference at Busch Stadium on October 18, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. The Texas Rangers will take on the St. Louis Cardinals in Game One of the 2011 World Series on October 19. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers square off in Game 1 of the 2011 World Series.

The St. Louis Cardinals have tapped Nick Punto to start Game 1 of the 2011 World Series at second base, according to Twitter, making the decision to optimize their defense rather than starting Ryan Theriot against the left-handed C.J. Wilson. He's the only surprise in a lineup that's been more or less locked in since the postseason began; the batting order goes, once again, Rafael Furcal (6); Jon Jay (8); Albert Pujols (3); Matt Holliday (7); Lance Berkman (9); David Freese (5); Yadier Molina (2); Punto (4); and Chris Carpenter, batting ninth and pitching. The Texas Rangers lineup involves a little more Nelson Cruz than usual, unsurprisingly.

Ian Kinsler (4) leads off, followed by Elvis Andrus (6); Josh Hamilton (8); Michael Young (3); Adrian Beltre (5); Nelson Cruz (9); Mike Napoli (2); David Murphy (7); and C.J. Wilson, 1-8 with a triple in his career, will bat ninth and get the start for the Rangers.

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