(KSDK Sports) -- Matt Carpenter is back in the lead-off spot for the St. Louis Cardinals tonight as they begin a three game series with the Washington Nationals.

The order is as follows: Carpenter, 2b; Craig, 1b; Holliday, lf; Beltran, rf; Molina, c; Freese, 3b; Jay, cf; Kozma, ss; Miller rhp.

First baseman Matt Adams was originally in theline up,but was removed after hefelt tightness during his workout. He was removed from the lineup as a precautionary measure.

Pete Kozma returns to D.C. for the 1st time since Game 5 of the NLDS. You may recall the Kozma quieted the Nationals fans with a ninth innning, two run single in Game 5.

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