LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cubs manager Joe Maddon has made some changes in Chicago’s starting lineup for Game 3 of the National League Championship Series, dropping slumping outfielder Jason Heyward.
The Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers are tied at 1-all going into Tuesday’s game.
Heyward is 1 for 6 in the first two games of the series. He has been replaced by Jorge Soler, who is 0 for 2 in the NLCS.
With Jake Arrieta starting for the Cubs, Maddon wanted Miguel Montero behind the plate instead of Willson Contreras. Montero had a pinch-hit, grand slam in the series opener.
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Maddon tweaked his lineup to move struggling Anthony Rizzo from hitting third to the cleanup spot and Addison Russell from fifth to seventh.
Rizzo is hitless in eight at-bats so far in the series, while Russell is 0 for 7.
“I just thought rearranging the chairs a little bit might help,” Maddon said.