Game 3: World Series returns to Atlanta for first time since 1999

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A flag covers outfield during the national anthem before Game 3 of baseball’s World Series between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

(AP) – The World Series returns to Atlanta Friday night for the first time since 1999, with the Braves and Houston Astros tied at one win apiece.

It will be the first Series game at Truist Park, which opened in 2017 and replaced Turner Field.

The Astros evened the Fall Classic on Wednesday as Jose Altuve homered and Jose Urquidy worked five strong innings.

Each team has a 7-2 record this postseason.

Eddie Rosario will hit leadoff and Joc Pederson will start on the bench for the Atlanta Braves.

Jose Siri moved to the bench for Houston with the shift to the National League ballpark, where there is no designated hitter.

Yordan Alvarez will start in left field for Game 3 of the World Series as Houston loses the designated hitter spot.

Alvarez was MVP of the AL Championship Series against Boston as a DH, and started in that slot for the first two games against Atlanta in Houston.

Alvarez has seen plenty of time in the outfield, so it won’t be a new position for him.

Rosario was in left field, followed by first baseman Freddie Freeman, second baseman Ozzie Albies, third baseman Austin Riley, right fielder Jorge Soler, center fielder Adam Duvall, catcher Travis d’Arnaud, shortstop Dansby Swanson and pitcher Ian Anderson.

Altuve hit leadoff, followed by right fielder Michael Brantley, third baseman Alex Bregman, left fielder Alvarez, shortstop Carlos Correa, center fielder Kyle Tucker, first baseman Yuli Gurriel, catcher Martín Maldonado and pitcher Luis Garcia.

Groundskeepers used squeegees to take water off a tarp covering the infield and they had blowers underneath to dry out the field.

Periods of rain Friday afternoon prevented both teams from taking pregame batting practice.

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