World Series Game 4: Red Sox-Cardinals lineups

World Series Game 4: Red Sox-Cardinals lineups
October 27, 2013, 5:00 pm
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As expected, David Ross has taken over the catcher's job from Jarrod Saltalamacchia . . . but other than that, there are no changes in the Red Sox lineup for Game 4 against the Cardinals.

UPDATED: The lineups below now reflect the late scratch of Shane Victorino because of back tightness, with Jonny Gomes now playing left and Daniel Nava moving to right.

Stephen Drew's defense apparently is enough to keep him playing, despite his 4-for-44, 17-strikeout performance so far in the postseason. Will Middlebrooks hasn't exactly covered himself in glory -- offensively or defensively -- in the playoffs, so the notion of having Middlebrooks at third with Xander Bogaerts at shortstop wasn't enough to prompt John Farrell to lose Drew's glove in the middle of the diamond. Nor are the Sox ready to put Mike Napoli at third, at least not at the start of the game.

For St. Louis, their fan base's goat -- shortstop Pete Kozma -- is out; he's been replaced by Daniel Descalso. Other than that, everything's the same for the Cards.

The lineups . . .

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

St. Louis Cardinals
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Matt Carpenter 2B
Carlos Beltran RF
Matt Holliday LF
Matt Adams 1B
Yadier Molina C
Jon Jay CF
David Freese 3B
Daniel Descalso SS
Lance Lynn P