10/12/08 7:21 PM ET
Torre inserts Nomar in Game 3 lineup
Veteran gets call at first base because of success vs. Moyer
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
"It's because of Nomar's numbers against Jamie," Torre said, knowing that Garciaparra is 15-for-36 (.417) lifetime against Moyer, while Loney is 1-for-2.
Torre said he also considered third base for Garciaparra, but he left Casey Blake in the lineup. Blake is only 2-for-17 lifetime against Moyer, but both hits were home runs.
"First base is a less trying position for [Nomar]," said Torre, mindful of Garciaparra's vulnerability to leg injuries. "Also the lefty-righty thing. Casey seems to be more apt to use the middle of the field -- a good thing against Moyer. He thinks smaller."
Torre also juggled the batting order. Garciaparra batted fifth, where Loney had been hitting, but Blake was moved up to sixth, pushing Matt Kemp to seventh and Blake DeWitt to eighth.
Blake is hitting .222 in this postseason and .143 in this series, but Shane Victorino had to run down his drive to the wall in Game 2 that could have been a game-changing play. Kemp is batting .150 in the postseason (.143 this series) and DeWitt is at .188 in the postseason (0-for-5 in this series).
"Maybe [Kemp] is a little anxious," said Torre. "It's like he's jumping at it right now."
Torre said he was committed to starting shortstop Rafael Furcal and batting him leadoff the entire series, even though Furcal is 1-for-9 in this series after going 4-for-12 against the Cubs in the NL Division Series.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.