Francisco to play left, hit seventh

Francisco to play left, hit seventh

NEW YORK -- The trade that helped the Phillies reach their second consecutive World Series is called The Cliff Lee Trade.

But it was more than just Lee.

The Phillies also acquired outfielder Ben Francisco from the Indians for prospects Jason Knapp, Carlos Carrasco, Jason Donald and Lou Marson. The Phillies wanted Francisco, because they needed more depth in the outfield and a potent right-handed bat on the bench.

Francisco has a chance to make his mark on Wednesday night in Game 1 of the World Series against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. He will hit seventh and play left field, while Raul Ibanez, who has played left field most of the season, will be the designated hitter and hit sixth.

"It's exciting for me," Francisco said before batting practice. "It's a dream come true. I'm excited to go out there and play. This is what we play the game for."

GAME 1 LINEUP
No. Name Pos.
1 J. Rollins SS
2 S. Victorino CF
3 C. Utley 2B
4 R. Howard 1B
5 J. Werth RF
6 R. Ibanez DH
7 B. Francisco LF
8 P. Feliz 3B
9 C. Ruiz C

Francisco hit .278 (27-for-97) with five home runs and 13 RBIs with the Phillies. In 10 career games against the Yankees, Francisco has hit .351 (13-for-37) with five doubles, two RBIs, five walks and two stolen bases.

In six career plate appearances against Yankees Game 1 starter CC Sabathia, Francisco has hit .200 (1-for-5) with one double and a walk.

"He's going to be tough," Francisco said.

Ideally, the Phillies would like to make Sabathia work hard in the early innings, run up his pitch count and get him out of the game as soon as possible.

That is easier said than done.

"If he's throwing strikes, you're going to have to go up there and put a good swing on the ball," he said.

The Phillies carried 12 pitchers in the National League Division Series against the Rockies and they're back to 12 for the World Series.

Eric Bruntlett replaced right-hander Brett Myers on the NL Championship Series roster as the Phillies used just 11 pitchers against the Dodgers. But Philadelphia returned to 12 against the Yankees when they replaced Myers with Miguel Cairo.

"We needed another pitcher," Phils manager Charlie Manuel said. "Myers is healthy. He pitched a couple simulated games."

But the Phillies also found themselves in a sticky situation in Game 4 of the NLDS, when they had to play Cairo in left field. Bruntlett has more experience in left field, having played there much of last season as a defensive replacement for Pat Burrell.

That was why they replaced Myers with Cairo instead of Bruntlett, who was left off the NLDS roster.

"Bruntlett can play all outfield positions and infield positions," Manuel said. "There comes a time when we might want to make some kind of move in our outfield late, and that's where Miguel kind of got eliminated."

In other news, left-hander Jack Taschner, who recently was outrighted off the club's 40-man roster, has declined his assignment to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and has declared free agency.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.