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Papi scratched due to wet playing surface

Papi scratched due to wet playing surface

ST. LOUIS -- With the rain pouring down on Busch Stadium all day, David Ortiz was scratched from Thursday's lineup against the Cardinals.

Instead, Mike Napoli, got the start at first and batted cleanup. Yoenis Cespedes moved from fourth to third in the batting order.

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With no designated hitter for the three games in St. Louis, the lineup change allowed Napoli to start for the second day in a row instead of sitting twice in three days.

Boston gets the DH back on Friday for the start of a three-game series in Anaheim.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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