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Tracy makes right leadoff call; Manuel pays for using Happ
PHILADELPHIA -- Getting the right lineup on the field and then juggling starting rotations and bullpens and the many possible combinations therein ... it's pretty confusing stuff during heated postseason games. Then again, this time of year is what Colorado manager Jim Tracy and Philadelphia skipper Charlie Manuel live for, and figuring out this perplexing personnel puzzle is what they've been tasked with in the first two games of this National League Division Series.
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The situation: The choice of a leadoff hitter for Game 2.
|Gm. 1||PHI 5, COL 1||Wrap||Video|
|Gm. 2||COL 5, PHI 4||Wrap||Video|
|Gm. 3||PHI 6, COL 5||Wrap||Video|
|Gm. 4||PHI 5, COL 4||Wrap||Video|
The situation: The Phillies trail, 4-1, in the bottom of the sixth with one out and runners on second and third, with right-hander Jose Contreras having just replaced Cook and striking out Jayson Werth. Left-handed slugger Raul Ibanez is batting next, and he's 8-for-14 (.571) lifetime against Contreras with a homer, two RBIs and two walks, which makes him the best hitter in all of baseball with as many as 10 career at-bats against the veteran right-hander.
The situation: The Phillies trail in the seventh inning, 4-3, with a runner on third and none out.
Doug Miller is a national writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.