Bochy Releases Line-up

There are some surprises in the batting order.

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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 08: Manager Bruce Bochy of the San Francisco Giants watches his team warm up before their game against the Atlanta Braves in game 2 of the NLDS at AT&T Park on October 8, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

    The San Francisco Giants released Tuesday's line-up with some major changes.  It includes slugger Juan Uribe who has been nursing an injury to his wrist.  It doesn't include the normal lead-off man Andres Torres.

    Here's the line-up from manager Bruce Bochy:

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    1. Renteria ss,
    2. Sanchez 2b
    3. Posey c
    4. Burrell lf
    5. Ross rf
    6. Huff 1b
    7. Uribe 3b
    8. Rowand cf
    9. Cain p

    Other changes of note include Aaron Rowand back in the line-up.  Pat Burrell moves to the clean-up spot behind Buster Posey.  And  Cody Ross has been moved up to the 5 spot.

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    Once again, the pitching match-up drew most of the pregame attention: Cole Hamels vs. Matt Cain. Hamels is the 2008 World Series MVP. He follows Philadelphia's two Roys -- Halladay and Oswalt. Cain was pushed back to start the third game after Tim Lincecum and Jonathan Sanchez pitched the first two.

    The NLDS series is tied 1-1 with first pitch scheduled at 1:19 p.m.

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    Giants fans say they are primed and ready to give a hero's welcome to the Bay Area newest star Cody Ross.  Everyone will be hanging on every one of his at bats in hopes he can continue the thrilling post-season efforts.

    Phillies manager Charlie Manuel thinks he has an answer to Ross' hitting streak which already includes three home runs.

    "Cody's about like anybody else," Manuel joked Monday. "They walk in that ballpark and he wants to come up and talk to me or talk to guys around the cage. Actually he's looking at the fences and how far, how close they look. He's thinking to himself, `Man, I hope I'm in the lineup today.' ... He enjoys to play against us and that helps him to relax. And he gets up for us."