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Cardinals vs. Diamondbacks: Matt Adams gets his first start Wednesday as Carlos Beltran sits

Matt Adams makes his first appearance in the St. Louis Cardinals' lineup on Wednesday as Allen Craig rotates to right field and Carlos Beltran sits out.


The St. Louis Cardinals' lineup is out for Game 3 against the Arizona Diamondbacks, and it includes our first look at what should be a pretty common roster maneuever: Mike Matheny's made room for Matt Adams in the lineup--and given Carlos Beltran and his aching toe a night off--by moving Allen Craig to right field. Adams, who made the team with a strong spring training (and an assist from Ronny Cedeno), is therefore the Cardinals' ersatz fourth outfielder, in addition to a daily reminder that the Cardinals didn't need to sign Ty Wigginton.

The rest of the lineup, via Fox Sports Midwest's well-placed Twitter spies:

Elsewhere: Pete Kozma sneaks past Daniel Descalso on the lineup card, which is the kind of thing you do after hitting 400-foot home runs, even extremely implausible ones. David Freese's absence is keeping us from a look at the last moving-parts trick this 25-man roster has to offer--for now, Matt Carpenter's only played third base.

Put another way: Daniel Descalso would be wise to, say, hit .500 or pull two or three home runs over the next week.