6:44 p.m.: This qualifies as some pretty big news here 90 minutes before game time: Shane Victorino is out.
Ken Rosenthal broke the news with a tweet, saying that the outfielder is suffering from “lower back tightness.” The Red Sox later announced it via Twitter. Jonny Gomes will start in left field, and Daniel Nava will start in right field.
The new Boston lineup is such:
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF 2. Daniel Nava, RF 3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B 4. David Ortiz, DH 5. Jonny Gomes, LF 6. Xander Bogaerts, 3B 7. Stephen Drew, SS 8. David Ross, C 9. Clay Buchholz, SP
Victorino has battled through all sorts of injuries all year long, so whatever it is that’s keeping him from being 100 percent tonight must be somewhat of a doozy. He was hit by a pitch in Game 3, but he remained in the game.
Victorino is 0-for-10 in the World Series and is hitting .188 in the postseason.
Gomes did not start in Game 3 after he started the first two games of the series. He is 0-for-8 this series and is hitting .152 in the postseason "
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