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.
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.