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No DH, so Ortiz to play 1B for Sox

Published October 25, 2013 7:02 pm

Series notes • Boston notes it's at a "disadvantage."
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St. Louis • It's not just the stadium and uniforms that will change when the World Series shifts to Busch Stadium for Game 3 on Saturday night. With the switch to the National League city, there won't be a designated hitter.

Adopted by the American League for the 1973 season, the DH first appeared in the Series in 1976, and it was used in even-numbered years through 1984. Since 1986, the DH has been in the lineup for games in AL cities.

The move to St. Louis means Boston slugger Mike Napoli is on the bench for Game 3 on Saturday night and David Ortiz takes over at first base.

"If I were commissioner I'd certainly change it, where we could get Nap in there," said Jake Peavy, Boston's Game 3 starter.

"I think that we certainly have a little bit of a disadvantage, just simply because of the way our roster is constructed as opposed to theirs. They're a National League ballclub, and they're going to play with their normal lineup tomorrow night, with the way they were built. Being an American League team, we're going to miss a huge middle-of-the-lineup bat tomorrow night."

Golden moment

Cardinals Game 1 starter Adam Wainwright found out he was a finalist for a Gold Glove and couldn't resist poking fun at himself over the timing of the announcement.

Wainwright, who won a Gold Glove in 2009, noted a pitcher who is strong defensively can really help — "If you can catch little popups right to you."

After going error-free during the regular season, the 19-game winner hasn't forgotten what happened in this year's World Series opener. He called for an easy pop fly and then assumed five-time Gold Glove catcher Yadier Molina would take over, and the ball fell between them for a hit by Stephen Drew that helped Boston to a two-run second inning.

"You can't do anything in life waiting for someone else to take charge," Wainwright lamented.