Victorino lifted because of back tightness; Gomes in

Victorino lifted because of back tightness; Gomes in
October 27, 2013, 6:45 pm
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GAME 4: PREGAME

ST. LOUIS -- Ninety minutes before game time Sunday night's Game 4, the Red Sox were scrambling to re-jigger the lineup after right fielder Shane Victorino was scratched because of lower back tightness.

Victorino has battled the condition for most of the second half of the season. Victorino tried to take some swings in the indoor batting cage before the Red Sox went out to take batting practice in the field and, according to John Farrell, "couldn't get loose.''

As a result, the Sox shifted Daniel Nava, who had been in left field in the original lineup, was shifted to right field, where Victorino would have been. Nava had been originally set to hit fifth in the batting order, but was moved up to hit second, where Victorino had been.

In Nava's position in left, the Red Sox inserted Jonny Gomes, who sat out Game 3, though he got a late-inning pinch-hitting opportunity. Gomes was placed fifth in the order, behind David Ortiz, where Nava had originally been.

Victorino's biggest of the postseason, of course, was the grand slam he hit to help the Red Sox win the pennant-clinching Game 6 in the ALCS last Saturday night. Otherwise, Victorino has struggled at the plate,  hitting just .188 (9-for-48) overall in the postseason.

He was hit in the left hip by a curveball from Carlos Martinez in Game 3, extending his own record for most times being hit by a pitch in  a single postseason to seven.