While National League teams get the advantage of adding an extra hitter when they travel to an American League ballpark, the American League team loses one of theirs – often a pretty reputable slugger.
That’s what the Boston Red Sox will be dealing with when they open up their road portion of the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium Saturday night.
The Red Sox’s primary designated hitter, David Ortiz, will be starting in the field in Game 3 – this according to manager John Farrell, though, the inclusion of Ortiz will knock another player out of the lineup:
Per John Farrell: Ortiz at 1B, Nava in LF for Game 3.
Likely being regulated to a bench role will be Mike Napoli, who has been playing first base for the Red Sox for the vast majority of the season.
There was some small chatter that Napoli, a former backstop, could catch but that talk was quickly squashed by Farrell.
The Red Sox would not commit to using Ortiz in the field past Game 3 and said the team will evaluate it on a game-by-game basis.