Matheny lineup switch plays Adams, rests Craig

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny changed his lineup

several hours before game-time to get power-hitting Matt Adams on

the card.

The revised lineup had Adams batting sixth and playing first

base in his second start of the month and Allen Craig getting a

night off Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers and

right-hander Ricky Nolasco. Matheny said it was just a rest for

Craig, and that he’d back in the lineup Thursday against lefty

Hyun-Jin Ryu.

The 24-year-old Adams hit his third pinch homer of the season

Tuesday night and was batting .290 with nine homers and 34 RBIs in

176 at-bats.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he hadn’t had time to look

closely at the Cardinals’ lineup card before getting the revised

version.