BOSTON -- The Red Sox managed to win Games 4 and 5 of the World Series without right fielder Shane Victorino, who has been an invaluable piece of the team all season.
For Game 6, airing at 7:30 ET on FOX with an 8:07 first pitch, Victorino should be back out there, not that his back ailment has apparently resolved itself enough.
"We fully expect him to be full go tomorrow," said manager John Farrell, "and that's the update on Shane."
With Victorino back in right field, Daniel Nava is expected to be on the bench for Game 6.
The right-handed-hitting Jonny Gomes will once again leap over Nava on the depth chart, as he did for much of the American League Championship Series and in the first two games of the World Series. This, even though nasty righty Michael Wacha is pitching for the Cards.
Farrell liked the idea of Nava starting in St. Louis because there was more ground to cover in the outfield. That isn't as much of a factor in Boston.
"Well, I can't say that it's because of matchups in Game 2," said Farrell. "Wacha was tough on all of us, but you get to the point where you look at the style of the pitcher on the mound in Wacha. And you look at what certain hitters in our lineup are more equipped to handle. And even though you might say, 'Well, it's a left-handed hitter, he should be in there,' I like the matchup of Gomes versus Nava. That doesn't mean at some point in the game that Nava is not going to be involved, but that's the way we're going right now."
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