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World Series Game 5 lineup notes: Ortiz and Beltran hitting in different spots

Mike Oz
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ST. LOUIS — Two of the best hitters in the World Series find themselves out of their usual lineup spots for Monday's Game 5.

The Boston Red Sox have David Ortiz and his absurd .727 average batting third, effectively shifting their 3-4-5 hitters up a spot with Shane Victorino out for the second straight night. Daniel Nava will bat fifth and start in right field instead of Victorino.

Meanwhile, Carlos Beltran moves from second to fourth for the Cardinals. Shane Robinson is starting in center field for St. Louis and he's hitting second.

"We're trying to do some things in our lineup," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "We take everything into consideration ... trying to get some more depth. Trying to get more traffic for the guys that can drive in runs. Shane has been doing a nice job taking good at‑bats. Gives him an opportunity with [Matt Carpenter] to really set the table and lengthen out our lineup through the middle."

Both teams send out their aces in Game 5 — Adam Wainwright for the Cardinals and Jon Lester for the Red Sox. It's a rematch of Game 1, which the Red Sox and Lester won 8-1.

A few other pregame lineup notes:

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• Not a surprise, but Matheny named Michael Wacha as his starter for Wednesday's Game 6 back in Boston. John Lackey, used in relief for an inning on Sunday, has already said he's pitching Game 6 for the Red Sox.

• Allen Craig is well enough to DH in Boston. Craig took grounders at first base on Monday, but he's still not playing the field. Craig pinch hit on Sunday night and singled, but limped on the base paths. UPDATE: Turns out Craig is starting, contrary to what Matheny's initial lineup.

• The Red Sox start catcher David Ross again. He has worked nicely with Boston's Game 5 starter Jon Lester, so his place in the lineup was expected.

• Xander Bogaerts, third on the Red Sox in hits this series, continues to start at third base. Though, it's worth noting that if you take away Ortiz's monster series, the Red Sox are hitting .137, so there's not a whole lot of competition to rank third.

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