Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  By By Jon Paul Morosi  |  Last updated 10/25/13
The uncertain status of Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran, who left the World Series opener with bruised ribs, was a major storyline entering Game 2. In the end, Beltran and the Cardinals were fine: He went 2-for-4 with an RBI and played all nine innings as the Cardinals evened the series. Now the Red Sox are facing the absence of significant contributor from their lineup -- only, in this instance, they know Mike Napoli won't start Game 3. With the Series shifting to St. Louis, the designated hitter is out of play for the next three games. And Boston manager John Farrell has made clear that David Ortiz, the usual DH, will start at first base in Game 3 on Saturday night. Napoli, the Red Sox's regular first baseman, will be on the bench as a potential pinch-hitter or defensive replacement. Farrell is making the right decision, even if it is one he'd rather not face. Napoli has spent most of his major-league career as a catcher and is a better hitter than Boston's usual catcher, J...
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