NLCS 2013: Game 3 starting lineups


Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier are both in the lineup for the Dodgers.

The Los Angeles Dodgers don't have any time to play it safe. They are down 2-0 in the best-of-seven NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals, and they'll need to win at least two of the next three games at home in order to move the series back to St. Louis on Friday. They've already publicly mused about the possibility of starting Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw on short rest in Games 4 and 5, and now they've decided to start both Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier in Game 3 despite lingering injuries to both players.

Ramirez (fractured rib) and Ethier (ankle) will bat third and fifth in the lineup, respectively. Ramirez's body armor will bat third along with him. Yasiel Puig drops down to the sixth position after going 0-for-10 with six strikeouts in the first two games of the series. The full lineup:

1. Crawford - LF
2. Ellis - 2B
3. Ramirez - SS
4. Gonzalez - 1B
5. Ethier - CF
6. Puig - RF
7. Uribe - 3B
8. Ellis - C
9. Ryu - P

Meanwhile, the Cardinals are sticking with the same lineup that they sent out in Game 2. This group has only scored four runs in the first two games combined, but that total was enough to win both games:

1. Carpenter - 2B
2. Beltran - RF
3. Holliday - LF
4. Molina - C
5. Freese - 3B
6. Adams - 1B
7. Jay - CF
8. Kozma - SS
9. Wainwright - P

Left-hander Hyun-jin Ryu (14-8, 3.00) starts for the Dodgers against righty Adam Wainwright (19-9, 2.94). Ryu defeated the Cardinals in his only start against them this season, throwing seven innings and allowing only an unearned run. Wainwright lost to Zack Greinke in his only start against the Dodgers this year despite throwing a quality start, as he allowed three runs in seven innings in an eventual 3-2 loss. First pitch is at 8 p.m. ET on TBS.

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