CHICAGO — Playing in a National League ballpark has temporarily put Mike Napoli out of a job. As Cleveland prepares to face the Cubs at Wrigley Field in Game 4 of the World Series, Indians manager Terry Francona will open the game with Napoli on the bench and Carlos Santana at first base.

The decision was made for two reasons, Francona said: Corey Kluber is pitching, and starting left fielder Rajai Davis has good career numbers against Cubs starter John Lackey.

“I don’t like it,” Francona said. “I think to play Carlos out of position, there needs to be a really compelling reason. (Rajai) has probably the most history against Lackey. He’s had success, plus Kluber’s on the mound. I want to make sure we’re in position to catch the ball.”

Napoli will play Sunday, Francona said, when the Cubs pitch left-hander Jon Lester. This season, Napoli led the Indians with 34 home runs but is hitting only .184 in 38 postseason at-bats this year with one home run and two RBI.

Francona said he likes having Napoli’s bat at his disposal off the bench but that “This is the World Series. He’s the heart and soul of our team. It bothers me to sit him, a lot.”

In Game 3, Francona started Santana in left field for the first time in his career and played Napoli at first base because there is no designated hitter in the National League.

“I’m not happy about it,” Francona said. “If you want to yell at Mr. (Bud) Selig, go ahead.”