The Red Sox are one win away from their eighth World Series title and they’ll have a familiar face back in the lineup when they shoot for the series-clinching victory on Wednesday night in Boston.
Shane Victorino is expected to start after missing Games 4 and 5 with lower-back stiffness, according to reports out of Fenway Park on Tuesday.
The right fielder is batting 0-for-10 with two walks and two runs scored in three World Series games. His replacement in Game 4, Jonny Gomes, turned out to be the hero as he belted a three-run homer to give the Red Sox the lead and eventual win. Gomes went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Game 5 but is also expected to start in Game 6.
David Ross is likely to catch John Lackey on Wednesday. Ross is 3-for-12 this series with one run and one RBI. He caught Lackey’s relief performance in the Sox’ Game 4 win.
Mike Napoli, who had one plate appearance in St. Louis with David Ortiz unable to DH, is expected back at first base.