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10/22/06 5:15 PM ET
La Russa gives lineup a makeover
Success against Rogers earns Spiezio start against left-hander
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
DETROIT -- The St. Louis Cardinals won Game 1 but had three new position players in their Game 2 lineup. The Detroit Tigers lost, but manager Jim Leyland made no changes to his lineup on Sunday night. Cardinals manager Tony La Russa went with Scott Spiezio at designated hitter, Preston Wilson in left and Aaron Miles at second base on Sunday with left-hander Kenny Rogers pitching for Detroit. Spiezio hit .318 against left-handers during the regular season, while Miles hit .291 and Wilson hit .292. Chris Duncan started at DH for the Cardinals in Game 1 while Ronnie Belliard was at second base and So Taguchi was in left field. Spiezio is a career .395 hitter (15-for-38) off Rogers, with two home runs and eight RBIs. His .395 average is the fifth-highest against Rogers by an opponent with at least 30 plate appearances.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.