10/26 14:31 CDT The Latest: Indians' Santana leading off in Game 2 of Series
The Latest: Indians' Santana leading off in Game 2 of Series
CLEVELAND (AP) --- The Latest on the World Series (all times Eastern):
Indians manager Terry Francona more than tweaked his lineup for Game 2 of the
Switch-hitting designated hitter Carlos Santana, who batted fifth in the
opener, will lead off against Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta. Also, Tyler
Naquin will replace Rajai Davis in center field and Coco Crisp will play in
left instead of Brandon Guyer.
Francona likes Santana at the top of the order because of his patience at the
plate. He walked 99 times during the regular season. Santana also hit 34 home
runs and has set the tone with several homers to open games.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon made a pair of lineup changes for Game 2 of the World
Series, inserting right fielder Jorge Soler and catcher Willson Contreras in
place of Chris Coghlan and David Ross.
Jason Heyward, the right fielder with the $184 million, eight-year contract,
remains on the bench. He is 2 for 28 in the postseason.
Center fielder Dexter Fowler will lead off, followed by third baseman Kris
Bryant, first baseman Anthony Rizzo, left field Ben Zobrist, designated hitter
Kyle Schwarber, second baseman Javier Baez, Contreras, Soler and shortstop
Addison Russell. Jake Arrieta was scheduled to pitch.
The tarp is covering the infield at Progressive Field, five hours before the
scheduled 7:08 p.m. start of Game 2 of the World Series between the Chicago
Cubs and Cleveland Indians.
A light drizzle began at around noon Wednesday, and the chance of rain was 40
to 50 percent for each hour through 8 p.m.
Cleveland won Tuesday's opener 6-0.
Even if one team has a big late-inning lead, there could be a daylong wait to
finish Game 2 of the World Series if rain hits Progressive Field.
While regular-season games can be shortened because of a bad weather as long as
the losing team has completed at least five innings, a rules change approved in
2009 mandates that all postseason games and regular-season tiebreakers must be
played to conclusion at the ballpark where they began.
Thursday is a scheduled off day before the Series is set to resume at Chicago's
Wrigley Field, which last hosted the Series in 1945.
The Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians are hoping to beat the rain forecast for
Wednesday and get in Game 2 of the World Series.
It was overcast and dry at noontime following the Indians' 6-0 victory in the
opener, but wet weather was forecast for the evening.
Major League Baseball moved up the start of the game by an hour to 7:08 p.m.,
when Accuweather forecast a 48-degree temperature, a little rain and winds of
10-20 mph. Accuweather said that if rain tracks to the north, there will be a
spot shower or two during the game, but if rain remains over the area, it could
be steady and cause delays.
Meteorologist Ryan Adamson says in a statement: "Game 2 of the World Series
looks rather dry to start, but possibly wet to finish, depending on how long
the game goes."