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Dodgers Announce Lineup, Rotation: Hudson Out, Padilla Before Billingsley

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I guess if only one of these three could be involved in game one, I'd rather it be Broxton.
I guess if only one of these three could be involved in game one, I'd rather it be Broxton.
NLDS: Cardinals vs. Dodgers
Game 1 Wed Dodger Stadium   
Game 2 Thu Dodger Stadium 3:07pm
Game 3 Sat Busch Stadium 3:07pm
Game 4* Sun Busch Stadium TBD
Game 5*   
Oct 13   
Dodger Stadium TBD
*if necessary All times Pacific
All games televised on TBS

After the home opener in April, you would have won a lot of money if you suggested the man who hit for the cycle and the man who struck out 11 Giants wouldn't be in the starting lineup for game one of the playoffs.

Joe Torre announced the pitching rotation for the division series against the Cardinals, as well as the lineup for game one.  Here's the lineup:

Furcal SS
Kemp CF
Ethier RF
Manny LF
Loney 1B
Blake 3B
Belliard 2B
Martin C
Wolf P

The notable omission is Orlando Hudson, who sat in favor of Ronnie Belliard quite often in September.  Belliard has been smoking line drives (24.6% of balls in play) since his arrival from Washington on August 30, and hit .351/.398/.636 with five home runs and 17 runs batted in in 24 games in blue.  Hudson got off to a tremendous start, hitting .332/.407/.469 in the first two months, but has hit just .253/.325/.385 since.

To follow Randy Wolf and Clayton Kershaw in the starting rotation, Torre has tabbed Vicente Padilla to start game three on Saturday in St. Louis.  If there is a game four, it would be started by Chad Billingsley.  Torre noted that he was "a little more comfortable with where Padilla is right now."

The other potential starting candidate, Jon Garland, will be used in the bullpen during the NLDS.

Torre also mentioned he has not decided whether or not Jim Thome would make the playoff roster.

Full postseason rosters are due tomorrow at 10am.

UPDATE: The Yankees have chosen to start their series Wednesday, which means game two of the Dodgers/Cardinals series at Dodger Stadium will start at 3:07pm on Thursday.