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World Series: Madson vs. Balfour

October 29, 2008 |  3:25 pm

Ryan Madson Grant Balfour

The starting pitchers for tonight's resumption of Game 5 of the World Series: Ryan Madson for the Phillies, Grant Balfour for the Rays.

Balfour already was in the game when it was stopped by rain on Monday, with the Phillies due up in the bottom of the sixth inning and the score tied, 2-2. Monday's Phillies starter Cole Hamels is due up first, but the Phillies will bat for him -- presumably with a left-handed hitter. That could prompt the Rays to summon phenom David Price, a starter during the regular season and thus able to get the game into the eighth inning.

Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel said Madson, his top setup man, would start the seventh inning for Philadelphia.

If the Rays lose, the Series is over. Rays ace James Shields, scheduled to start a possible Game 6 tomorrow, said he approached Manager Joe Maddon and volunteered to pitch tonight.

"He told me I had a better chance of pinch-hitting," Shields said.

-- Bill Shaikin

Photos: In Game 1, the Phillies' Ryan Madson, left, and the Rays' Grant Balfour faced each other. They'll be back on the mound tonight. Credit: Doug Benc / Getty Images

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