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Kozma part of Matheny's Wild Card game lineup

Kozma part of Matheny's Wild Card game lineup

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Kozma part of Matheny's Wild Card game lineup
ATLANTA -- The same middle-infield combination that manager Mike Matheny rode for the better part of last month is the same one he'll stick with for Friday's one-game Wild Card matchup against Atlanta.

Prior to the team's workout on Thursday, Matheny revealed his lineup, which includes Daniel Descalso at second base and Pete Kozma making his postseason debut as the starting shortstop.

The construction of the lineup presented little other suspense, as it does not deviate from the batting order Matheny has regularly used of late. Center fielder Jon Jay will lead off, and be followed by Carlos Beltran, Matt Holliday, Allen Craig, Yadier Molina, David Freese, Descalso, Kozma and Kyle Lohse.

Atlanta's lineup will feature a somewhat unexpected sub, as Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez announced that David Ross, not Brian McCann, will catch Kris Medlen. Gonzalez said Ross' defensive ability -- particularly how well he can control an opponent's running game -- was a significant factor in the decision.

McCann's health is also a factor, as he is not near 100 percent healthy; he's dealing with right shoulder discomfort due to a cyst. Taking McCann out of the lineup eliminates one left-handed hitter for Lohse.

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