NLCS 2013: Game 1 starting lineups

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Andre Ethier draws his first start of the postseason for the Dodgers, and Pete Kozma earns another start for the Cardinals after a strong NLDS.

For the fourth time in history, the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals will square off in a postseason series. The two teams last met in 2009, when the Dodgers swept the Cards in a three-game NLDS; the second game of that series featured a matchup of current aces Clayton Kershaw and Adam Wainwright. Prior to that, the Cardinals beat the Dodgers 3-1 in the 2004 NLDS and 4-2 in the 1985 NLCS.

The two teams will open the 2013 NLCS on Friday at 8:37 p.m. ET at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. After running out the same lineup for all four games of their NLDS against Atlanta, the Dodgers have made a notable tweak to their batting order for Game 1: Andre Ethier will replace Skip Schumaker in center field. Ethier, who made only three plate appearances in the NLDS due to a left ankle injury, will bat seventh in the lineup.

Crawford LF
Ellis 2B
Ramirez SS
Gonzalez 1B
Puig RF
Uribe 3B
Ethier CF
Ellis C
Greinke P

Meanwhile, the Cardinals are sticking with the lineup that got them through the NLDS against Pittsburgh. Pete Kozma draws the start at shortstop in Game 1 over Daniel Descalso; Kozma was 4-for-10 with a double and a walk in the NLDS.

Carpenter 2B
Beltran RF
Holliday LF
Adams 1B
Molina C
Jay CF
Freese 3B
Kozma SS
Kelly P

Right-hander Zack Greinke (15-4, 2.63) will start the game for the Dodgers, and St. Louis will counter with its own right-hander, Joe Kelly (10-5, 2.69). Greinke out-dueled Wainwright to win his only start against St. Louis this year, and Kelly beat Kershaw in his only start against the Dodgers.

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