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October 25. 2013 9:44PM

Boston's Ortiz will start Game 3 at first base


Boston Red Sox first baseman David Ortiz (34) looks on during workouts a day before game three of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. (Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports)

ST. LOUIS — As the World Series shifts to a National League ballpark, the Red Sox will lose the DH.

But they won't lose David Ortiz. After delivering two hits in the six-game American League Championship Series, Ortiz has found his groove in the World Series. Manager John Farrell said Friday that Ortiz will start at first base, so Mike Napoli will be on the bench.There was really no decision to make. Ortiz hit a two-run home run in Game 2 on Thursday, his second of the Series and fifth of the postseason. That tied him for the franchise record (Todd Walker in 2003 and Ortiz in 2004) for most homers in a single postseason.

With the pitcher batting, there will be plenty of opportunities to use Napoli and others in a pinch-hitting role.

Daniel Nava will start Game 3 in left field over Jonny Gomes, Farrell said. With righthander Joe Kelly starting for the Cardinals, Nava (.322, .411 on-base percentage vs. righthanders during the season) should provide a better lineup option. Nava hit .303 during the season and is 4-for-13 with three walks in the postseason, including four starts.


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