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Polanco slips in Game 4 lineup

Polanco slips in Game 4 lineup

ST. LOUIS -- In a short time, Tigers second baseman Placido Polanco has gone from American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player to struggling hitter in the World Series.

In the hours since the Tigers dropped Game 3 to the Cardinals, 5-0, Polanco -- 0-for-10 through the first two games -- has gone from No. 3 to No. 7 in the lineup for Game 4. Another slumping Tiger, catcher Ivan Rodriguez, remained in sixth spot despite being 0-for-11. The teams were set to play Wednesday night, weather permitting.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland, whose team trails two-games-to-one, moved shortstop Carlos Guillen -- who is 5-for-10 and one of few hot hitters on either team -- from fifth to third, and first baseman Sean Casey -- 3-for-9 with an RBI -- rose from seventh to fifth.

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It was quite a bit of maneuvering for the Tigers, who used the same lineup the first two games. Cardinals manager Tony La Russa broke out a lineup similar to what he used in Game 1.

Cards rookie Chris Duncan was slated to make his second start in the No. 2 slot, playing right field this time as opposed to designated hitter, as he did in the World Series opener. Duncan went 1-for-4 with a run scored and struck out twice in the Cardinals' 7-2 victory.

Preston Wilson, who batted second in Game 2, will bat sixth. Second baseman Aaron Miles will make his second start and bat in the eighth position. Second baseman Ronnie Belliard, hitless in eight World Series at-bats, and outfielder So Taguchi, who is 1-for-7, were out of the starting lineup.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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