Indians-Blue Jays ALCS Game 3 lineups: Blue Jays move Bautista to leadoff

TORONTO -- After scoring one run total in the first two games of the ALCS, the Toronto Blue Jays have made some changes to their lineup for Game 3 on Monday. The Cleveland Indians lead the best-of-seven series 2-0.

Here is each team's starting nine:

Cleveland Indians

  1. DH Carlos Santana
  2. 2B Jason Kipnis
  3. SS Francisco Lindor
  4. 1B Mike Napoli
  5. 3B Jose Ramirez
  6. RF Lonnie Chisenhall
  7. LF Coco Crisp
  8. CF Tyler Naquin
  9. C Roberto Perez
    RHP Trevor Bauer

Toronto Blue Jays

  1. RF Jose Bautista
  2. 3B Josh Donaldson
  3. 1B Edwin Encarnacion
  4. SS Troy Tulowitzki
  5. C Russell Martin
  6. DH Michael Saunders
  7. CF Kevin Pillar
  8. LF Ezequiel Carrera
  9. 2B Ryan Goins
    RHP Marcus Stroman

Bautista is moving back to the leadoff spot after starting the postseason as the team's cleanup hitter. Batting first won't be a new experience for him. Bautista started 40 games in the leadoff spot during the regular season. The Blue Jays are stacking their best hitters at the top of the lineup.

When you're struggling to score runs, giving one of your best on-base players -- and best hitters in general -- more at-bats is generally a good idea. The offense was not working at all in Games 1-2. Toronto had to do something, and Bautista at leadoff is their solution.

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Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for,,,... Full Bio

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