While Nelson Cruz bashed his way to the ALCS Most Valuable Player trophy in the seventh spot, manager Ron Washington was constantly questioned about why he didn't move the slugger up in the order.

On Wednesday, he moved Cruz up.

And got questions about that, too.

"Moving him up was a protection issue," said Washington, who switched Cruz and catcher Mike Napoli. "Everyone made a big deal out of Cruz hitting seventh, but Cruz ended up hitting seventh simply because when Cruz came back, my Nos. 1 through 6 were doing the job. But now he's found his stroke and I feel like we need to protect him. Mike Napoli is great protection."