Dodgers make lineup changes vs Cubs for Game 5 of NLCS
LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers have changed their lineup for Game 5 of the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.
The series is tied 2-all heading into Thursday night's game at Dodger Stadium.
Leading off for the Dodgers is second baseman Kike Hernandez instead of Chase Utley, who has been benched by manager Dave Roberts.
Rookie Corey Seager was dropped to third and Justin Turner will hit second against Cubs starter Jon Lester.
Carlos Ruiz is starting at catcher and batting cleanup for the first time since Game 1 of the NLCS, replacing Yasmani Grandal.
Veteran Howie Kendrick is starting in left field, also for the first time since the series opener.
First baseman Adrian Gonzalez has been dropped from fourth to sixth in the lineup. Yasiel Puig is starting in right field, his typical role when the Dodgers are facing a left-hander like Lester.
The biggest change in the Cubs' lineup is 39-year-old veteran David Ross starting at catcher instead of Willson Contreras.
Rookie Kenta Maeda is the Dodgers' starting pitcher.