Boston Red Sox rumors have the team putting David Ortiz at first base in World Series Game 3. These Red Sox rumors also indicate that Mike Napoli will be relegated to the bench as a result. According to a report from early Saturday (Oct. 26), this revelation came from manager John Farrell.
Those aren't the only changes to the lineup either, as Daniel Nava will be getting the start in left field as a replacement for Jonny Gomes. It's a bold move at this point of the series, but the team hasn't been successful at finding a lot of offense in the postseason. The team has come through in spurts, but the two runs they managed in Game 2 showed that the struggles have continued.
Nava hasn't started since Game 4 of the American League Championship Series, so there is the risk of rust here. He has warmed up and practiced with the team since then, though, so it isn't like he is a pitcher coming in for his first postseason appearance. He has pinch-hit twice in the series, going 1-for-2 with a double and a strikeout.
These Red Sox rumors seem to indicate that Stephen Drew will also remain at shortstop, despite posting a .095 batting average in the postseason. Losing a bat like Mike Napoli from the starting lineup could hurt, especially since he has six extra base hits and six RBIs in the playoffs. With the team needing the bat of David Ortiz more, there was little choice here. That will mean Farrell has a great pinch hitting option in Napoli during Game 3 on Saturday.
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