Facing southpaw, Astros use right-handed-only lineup

Facing southpaw, Astros use right-handed-only lineup

BOSTON -- Manager Bo Porter stood near the lineup card in the visitors' clubhouse prior to Saturday's game as outfielder Brandon Barnes and first baseman Brandon Laird glanced to see their names in the second and third spots, respectively. Porter joked with both men, asking if that was all right with them.

Barnes hit second in the order for the first time this year and Laird hit third for the second time in four games as Porter trotted out a right-handed-only lineup against Boston lefty Felix Doubront.

"This guy's tough on lefties," Porter said.

The manager also wanted to keep his infield defense intact with Matt Dominguez at third, Marwin Gonzalez at shortstop, Jose Altuve at second and Laird at first, meaning he started Ronny Cedeno at designated hitter for the first time in his career.

"It's more about getting Ronny some at-bats and getting as many right-handed bats in the lineup as you can," Porter said.

Robbie Grossman was moved out of the leadoff spot and into the No. 9 hole, where he still batted in front of Altuve, who had been hitting second since Grossman was called up earlier this week.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.