Bellinger back in CF for LA with roof closed for Game 5

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Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger celebrates their win against the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 3 of the baseball World Series Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. Dodgers beat the Rays 6-2 to lead the series 2-1 games. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Cody Bellinger was set to return to center field for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the World Series, and second baseman Brandon Lowe moved up a couple of spots in Tampa Bay’s batting order.

The roof will be closed Sunday night because of dreary conditions and an increasing chance of rain into the night.

Bellinger, a National League Gold Glove finalist, was listed in center field for Game 5 after he was a late switch to designated hitter a night earlier because of back stiffness.

The wild-game ending play Saturday night, on which the Rays scored two runs to win 8-7, began on Brett Phillips’ softly-hit ball that was misplayed by Chris Taylor in right-center. Taylor had started the game in left, but finished in center after Joc Pederson entered as a pinch-hitter for AJ Pollock, who had started in center instead of DH as planned.

Against Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow in Game 5, Pederson was in left and Taylor at second base. Will Smith, the catcher on Saturday, was the DH while Austin Barnes caught lefty ace Clayton Kershaw.

The top six in the Dodgers batting order where unchanged: right fielder Mookie Betts, shortstop Corey Seager, third baseman Justin Turner, first baseman Max Muncy, Smith and Bellinger, followed by Taylor, Pederson and Barnes.

Tampa Bay faced a left-hander for the second game in a row, but Lowe was up from fifth to third in the batting order after hitting his third opposite-field homer in this Series. The only position change was Joey Wendle at third base instead of Mike Brosseau.

As for Tampa Bay’s batting order, leadoff hitter Yandy Diaz, DH Randy Arozarena were again in the top two spots, with left fielder Manuel Margot still in the cleanup spot. The rest was changed from Game 4, with left field Hunter Renfroe batting fifth, ahead of Wendle, shortstop Willy Adames, center fielder Kevin Kiermaier and catcher Mike Zunino.

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