Ortiz' hot bat may head to bench in DH-less St. Louis

Ortiz' hot bat may head to bench in DH-less St. Louis
October 25, 2013, 10:00 am
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BOSTON -- David Ortiz’s two-run home run in the sixth inning of the Red Sox' 4-2 loss to the Cardinals in Game 2 of the World Series Thursday night was his fifth home run of this postseason, tying a single-season team record set by Todd Walker in 2003 and tied by Ortiz himself in 2004. It was the 17th postseason home run of his career, tying him with Jim Thome for seventh-most in history.

He also homered in Game 1 and thus became the first player to hit home runs in consecutive World Series Games since the Cards’ Allen Craig in Games 6 and 7 in 2011. Ortiz is the third Red Sox player to do so, along with Larry Gardner in Games 3 and 4 in 1916 and Bernie Carbo in Games 3 and 6 in 1975.

The Red Sox, though, will lose the designated hitter in St. Louis, so Ortiz may not play all three games at Busch Stadium.

“It's likely that Game 3 he'll be at first base,” said manager John Farrell. “ And how we go from there, we'll go to it day to day. But, again, we're going to lose one of the middle‑of‑the‑order bats" -- if Ortiz plays first, Mike Napoli has to sit -- "and that's understood going in.

"But, still, David's in a pretty good place right now offensively.”