DETROIT -- For the first two World Series games played in San Francisco, there was no designated hitter and two too many opposing left-handed starters for Andy Dirks to get into the Tigers' starting lineup.
That will change in Game 3 Saturday night. With Delmon Young back at DH and right-hander Ryan Vogelsong starting for the Giants, the left-handed-hitting Dirks will be in right field and Quintin Berry will be in left. In a potential Game 5, with left-hander Barry Zito in line to pitch for San Francisco, Dirks would be expected to move to right with Avisail Garcia in left.
Manager Jim Leyland is hoping that will spark an offense that scored three runs at AT&T Park.
"Berry gives us a different element with a little speed," said Leyland. "Dirks I actually moved behind Delmon. I think it's a pretty nice fit there. He's a pretty good contact hitter, got a pretty short stroke. So it's a little bit different lineup, but the thing that dictates it normally is the right-handed pitcher."