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When Jeff Francis toed the rubber at Coors Field on Monday night, he faced a familiar foe. Josh Becket was Francis' opposing pitcher in Game 1 of the 2007 World Series, a game the Red Sox won, 13-1.

Beckett isn't the only new face wearing Dodger Blue this series. The Dodgers acquired Beckett, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, outfielder Carl Crawford (disabled list) and infielder Nick Punto on Saturday from the Red Sox. Left fielder Shane Victorino, shortstop Hanley Ramirez, Wednesday's starting pitcher Joe Blanton, and relievers Randy Choate and Brandon League have all recently been required.

"It is a big deal," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said of the Dodgers' trade with Boston. "They acquired significant players in the deal. They deepened themselves if it plays out. It makes them very formidable.

"It's a terrific challenge for our young players to go out there and play against a group like this one. I think in relation to what I've seen over the last three weeks, our guys will embrace this challenge."

When Jeff Francis toed the rubber at Coors Field on Monday night, he faced a familiar foe. Josh Becket was Francis' opposing pitcher in Game 1 of the 2007 World Series, a game the Red Sox won, 13-1.

Beckett isn't the only new face wearing Dodger Blue this series. The Dodgers acquired Beckett, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, outfielder Carl Crawford (disabled list) and infielder Nick Punto on Saturday from the Red Sox. Left fielder Shane Victorino, shortstop Hanley Ramirez, Wednesday's starting pitcher Joe Blanton, and relievers Randy Choate and Brandon League have all recently been required.

"It is a big deal," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said of the Dodgers' trade with Boston. "They acquired significant players in the deal. They deepened themselves if it plays out. It makes them very formidable.

"It's a terrific challenge for our young players to go out there and play against a group like this one. I think in relation to what I've seen over the last three weeks, our guys will embrace this challenge."