World Series notebook: Buchholz will start Game 4

John Perrotto, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

BOSTON -- Clay Buchholz's season is not over.
Red Sox manager John Farrell said Buchholz is scheduled to pitch against the Cardinals in Game 4 of the World Series on Sunday in St. Louis.
According to media reports, the Red Sox were considered shutting down the right-hander because of arm fatigue and starting left-hander Felix Doubront in Game 4 on Sunday night at St. Louis. However, Farrell said Wednesday that right-hander Jake Peavy is in line to start Game 3 on Saturday night at Busch Stadium, with Buchholz starting the next night.
"He's going to pitch," Farrell said of Buchholz. "After we went through some work today, he did throw a little bit in the outfield. We'll probably look to give him every extra day we can, and that would point to Sunday."
Buchholz missed half of the season due to a neck strain and a shoulder ailment. Speaking about his arm to on Wednesday, he said, "It's just a little dead at certain points. It's not like a pinpoint straight spot where I can say, 'Yeah, there it is.' It's just general.
"(It's) just a feeling you don't like feeling going into the World Series. It's not out of the ordinary, at the same time this is when you want to be at your best, and that's what I'm trying to get back to."
Allen Craig was back in the Cardinals' lineup for the first time in more than six weeks in Game 1, batting cleanup and serving as the designated hitter.
Craig was sidelined out since Sept. 4 because of a Lisfranc sprain in his left foot. However, the Cardinals felt he was ready to at least be the DH after he participated in a series of simulated games last week.
"We just needed to see him healthy," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said.
There is a slight chance Craig might play first base when the series moves to St. Louis for Game 3 on Saturday night. The DH rule is not in effect in games in the National League park.
Right-handed-hitting Shane Robinson started in place of left-handed-hitting Jon Jay in center field for Cardinals with the Red Sox pitching left-hander Jon Lester. Robinson also started the clinching Game 6 of the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers last Friday night.
Jay is hitting .206 (7-for-34) in the postseason with no extra-base hits. Robinson went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in the Game 6 win over the Dodgers and likely NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, a lefty.
"We just try to make the best decision each individual day, and Shane is coming off a real tough assignment against Kershaw and had a big day for us," Matheny said. "He deserved another opportunity."
The Red Sox again started right-handed-hitting Jonny Gomes in left field against a right-hander.
Gomes was in the lineup against the Cardinals' Adam Wainwright rather than left-handed-hitting Daniel Nava. Gomes made his seventh start in the postseason. Nava has four.
Farrell said Gomes likely would start Game 2 on Thursday night against Cardinals rookie right-hander Michael Wacha but Nava might get a start in Game 3 against right-hander Joe Kelly or Game 4 against right-hander Lance Lynn.
"With Wainwright and Wacha, there's not the pronounced left/right splits as there might be with Lynn and Kelly," Farrell said.
The Game 2 matchup features a rookie, Wacha, against a veteran, Lackey.
Wacha is 3-0 with a 0.43 ERA in three postseason starts after going 4-1 with a 2.78 ERA in 15 regular-season games. Lackey was 10-13 with a 3.52 ERA in 29 regular-season starts and is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two postseason starts.

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