Victorino was awarded a Gold Glove on Tuesday, so timing is good to bring him back to the Boston lineup. He's not returning to the second spot in the order, however, instead he's hitting sixth.
In Game 5, when Victorino was sidelined with a lower-back injury, manager John Farrell shifted Dustin Pedroia to second and David Ortiz to third. They'll stay there for Game 6 with Mike Napoli back at first base and batting cleanup, now that Ortiz can DH again in the AL park.
"Wanted to keep the top three guys in order there," Farrell said. "With Mike coming back into us at first base, obviously he's been in the middle of the order for us the entire year. And much with the approach of trying to lengthen out the lineup behind David from Game 5, I feel like that might be in need here.
"In talking with Vic yesterday, he's completely comfortable with it. Most importantly we've got him back in right field. He's unrestricted. Moving him down the lineup was not with the intent that one or two less at‑bats because of a volume‑related issue. It's just how we feel the lineup matches up the best."
Game 5 hero David Ross is behind the plate for the Red Sox again too.
Some other lineup notes:
• The Cardinals lineup is most similar to Game 2 (which they won). They have Allen Craig DHing since we're back in Boston. They also went with Daniel Descalso at shortstop against the right-handed John Lackey, who also pitched Game 2.
• Cardinals manager Mike Matheny didn't name a starter for a potential Game 7. He did say that Adam Wainwright won't be available out of the bullpen for Game 6, but every other pitcher is available.
• Farrell says that "right now" Jake Peavy is the Boston starter if there's a Game 7. He did say Jon Lester would be available, assumedly in relief. But if this goes to a Game 7, all bets are off.
• The Game 6 pitching matchup: Michael Wacha (8-1, 2.26 ERA) vs. John Lackey (12-14, 3.49 ERA)
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- Shane Victorino
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- John Farrell
- Mike Napoli