NLCS Game 1 lineups: Giants vs. Phillies

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Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the NLCS between the Giants and Phillies, set to begin shortly after 7:30 p.m. ET.

 SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS       PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
1. Andres Torres, CF              1. Shane Victorino, CF
2. Freddy Sanchez, 2B           2. Placido Polanco, 3B
3. Aubrey Huff, 1B                3. Chase Utley, 2B
4. Buster Posey, C                4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Pat Burrell, LF                5. Jayson Werth, RF
6. Juan Uribe, SS                 6. Jimmy Rollins, SS
7. Mike Fontenot, 3B            7. Raul Ibanez, LF
8. Cody Ross, RF                  8. Carlos Ruiz, C
9. Tim Lincecum, P                9. Roy Halladay, P

Nothing too surprising here, as each manager pretty much sticks with their standard lineup from the first round.

Mike Fontenot gets the start at third base over Pablo Sandoval once again. All things being equal, Sandoval is probably the superior option to Fontenot offensively, but he batted just .208/.266/.299 with four homers, 23 RBI and a 565 OPS away from AT&T park during the regular season. Giants manager Bruce Bochy told Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News that there’s a good chance Sandoval will start at third base later in the series, possibly as soon as tomorrow.

21-year-old Gleyber Torres homers twice off of 44-year-old Bartolo Colon

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Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres was born on December 13, 1996. That year, Bartolo Colon (who turns 45 years old on Thursday) was wrapping up a season he spent with Double-A Canton-Akron and Triple-A Buffalo. He would debut in the majors the following April.

In a clash of generations, the 21-year-old Torres and Colon squared off on Monday as the Yankees visited the Rangers. Torres won the battle twice, drilling a two-run home run off of Colon in the second inning and a solo shot off of Colon in the fourth. Colon wound up giving up six runs in total on eight hits (including four homers) and a walk with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

Here is video of the first homer Torres hit:

Torres is the second-youngest Yankee in club history with a multi-homer game. Mickey Mantle was 20 years and 296 days old when he went yard twice on August 11, 1952. Torres is 21 years, 159 days old. Joe DiMaggio was 21-212 when he hit two on June 24, 1936.

So much for respecting one’s elders. We’re currently seeing a youth movement in baseball. 19-year-old Juan Soto hit his first major league homer on Monday against the Padres. 20-year-olds Ronald Acuña and Mike Soroka debuted for the Braves earlier this year. Could 19-year-old Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. join them soon?