CHICAGO -- Jason Heyward returned to the lineup for Game 4 on Saturday night and will make his first career World Series start for the Cubs, who need a win to even the series against the Indians at Wrigley Field.Heyward has not started since Game 5 of the National League
CHICAGO -- Jason Heyward returned to the lineup for Game 4 on Saturday night and will make his first career World Series start for the Cubs, who need a win to even the series against the Indians at Wrigley Field.
Heyward has not started since Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. He is batting 2-for-31 (.065) so far in the postseason, but manager Joe Maddon does like Heyward's defense in right field.
• Game 4: Tonight, 7:30 p.m. ET air time | 8 ET game time on FOX
Corey Kluber, who also pitched in Game 1, which Cleveland won, 6-0, will start Game 4 for the Indians. Chris Coghlan started in right field in that game at Progressive Field.
Center fielder Dexter Fowler will lead off for the Cubs in Game 4, and he will be followed by third baseman Kris Bryant, first baseman Anthony Rizzo, left fielder Ben Zobrist, catcher Willson Contreras, shortstop Addison Russell, Heyward, second baseman Javier Báez and pitcher John Lackey.
Kyle Schwarber, who went 3-for-7 as the designated hitter in the first two games in Cleveland, is delegated to being a pinch-hitter. Schwarber has made an amazing return after tearing two ligaments in his left knee in the third game of the season, but he was not given medical clearance to play in the outfield.
The Cubs will miss Schwarber in the lineup, but their pitchers are 4-for-22 (.182) with two home runs and six RBIs in the postseason so far.
Mike Napoli is not in the Indians' lineup, while Carlos Santana starts at first and Rajai Davis in left field. With Napoli out, Santana is hitting cleanup. Santana normally would be in the leadoff spot vs a right-handed starter.
Rajai Davis, LF
Jason Kipnis, 2B
Francisco Lindor, SS
Carlos Santana, 1B
Jose Ramirez, 3B
Lonnie Chisenhall, RF
Roberto Pérez, C
Tyler Naquin, CF
Corey Kluber, P
Dexter Fowler, CF
Kris Bryant, 3B
Anthony Rizzo, 1B
Ben Zobrist, LF
Willson Contreras, C
Addison Russell, SS
Jason Heyward, RF
Javier Baez, 2B
John Lackey, P
Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.