Cards lineup features Duncan, Taguchi

Duncan, Taguchi in Cards lineup

DETROIT -- Chris Duncan was in the St. Louis Cardinals lineup as the designated hitter with So Taguchi in left field for Game 1 of the 2006 World Series on Saturday night.

Duncan went 2-for-14 with a home run in seven postseason games going into the World Series, while Taguchi went 4-for-4 with two home runs, a double and four RBIs. Duncan was in the No. 2 spot and Taguchi was batting ninth.

Scott Spiezio, who entered hitting .227 in the postseason with six RBIs in eight games, was out of the lineup. The six RBIs were tied for the second most on the Cardinals in the playoffs. Spiezio was the player used most by the Cardinals as a designated hitter during Interleague Play, going 6-for-22 (.273) in five games.

The Cardinals led off with David Eckstein at shortsop, then Duncan at DH. They were followed by first baseman Albert Pujols, center fielder Jim Edmonds, third baseman Scott Rolen, right fielder Juan Encarnacion, second baseman Ronnie Belliard, catcher Yadier Molina and Taguchi.

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