Red Sox-Cardinals lineups: Victorino out again

Red Sox-Cardinals lineups: Victorino out again
October 28, 2013, 4:15 pm
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ST. LOUIS -- No Shane Victorino again today, and this time the Red Sox shuffled their batting order as they prepare to face the Cardinals in Game 5 in the World Series.

Instead of simply plugging someone into Victorino's No. 2 spot in the batting order, as he did when Victorino's back problem flared and forced a lineup change 90 minutes before Game 4, manager John Farrell made a fundamental change in the batting order.

He moved Dustin Pedroia from the No. 3 spot to No. 2, moved David Ortiz from No. 4 to No. 3, and installed Jonny Gomes as the cleanup hitter. Daniel Nava, who batted second Sunday night, will bat fifth.

UPDATED: The Cardinals originally had Matt Adams at first base, but announced about an hour ago that Allen Craig -- in spite of an injured foot that has severely limited his mobility -- will play first and bat sixth.

Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz 1B
Jonny Gomes LF
Daniel Nava RF
Xander Bogaerts 3B
Stephen Drew SS
David Ross C
Jon Lester P

St. Louis Cardinals
Matt Carpenter 2B
Shane Robinson CF
Matt Holliday LF
Carlos Beltran RF
Yadier Molina C
Allen Craig 1B
David Freese 3B
Pete Kozma SS
Adam Wainwright P