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Pregame ponderings: Red Sox thinking about Napoli at third?


Pregame

Biggest question I get at World Series: Where's your seat? Here's The News view in St. Louis for Games 3-4-5.

By Mike Harrington

ST. LOUIS -- Pretty interesting sight here during batting practice at Busch Stadium. Boston first baseman Mike Napoli, not in tonight's lineup because the Sox have no DH in the National League park and are using red-hot David Ortiz at first, took groundballs at third base. 

There's no change in tonight's lineup (rookie Xander Bogaerts is at third) but if Boston's offense continues to struggle, manager John Farrell may have no choice tomorrow in Game Four. Particularly if the Red Sox lose tonight. Still, Napoli has played just one pro game there -- in 2002 in the Class A Midwest League. That would be quite a risk.

In other pregame news, Farrell reaffirmed that Clay Buchholz will start tomorrow night even in the face of his lingering shoulder issues. Buchholz also said he's ready to go -- but also admitted he's not 100 percent. So he bears watching tomorrow.

It's Jake Peavy vs. Joe Kelly tonight at 8:07 on FOX. I'll have my live thoughts here starting at 8.

Here's the lineups:

Boston
Ellsbury, cf
Victorino, rf
Pedroia, 2b
Ortiz, 1b
Nava, lf
Bogaerts, 3b
Saltalamacchia, c
Drew, ss
Peavy, p 

St. Louis
MCarpenter, 2b
Beltran, rf
Holliday, lf
Adams, 1b
Molina, c
Freese, 3b
Jay, cf
Kozma, ss
Kelly, p 

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