Evan Longoria has struggled since coming of the disabled list. He has just 18 hits in 24 games this season, batting .209. So, in an effort to get his bat going, Joe Maddon will have Dirtbag do something he has never done before: hit first in the lineup.

In 448 career starts, Longoria has hit third (220 games), fourth (136), fifth (81), and even sixth (11). But he has never hit higher than third.

Maddon says he is just trying to give Longoria “a different mental approach.”

Here is the full lineup with James Shields on the mound…

Evan Longoria 3B
Johnny Damon DH
Ben Zobrist 2B
Matt Joyce RF
B.J. Upton CF
Casey Kotchman 1B
Sean Rodriguez SS
Sam Fuld LF
Kelly Shoppach C

 
 

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