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John Farrell’s moves backfire in Game 3

Case made for Stephen Drew to keep playing

ST. LOUIS — Down 2-1 in the World Series following a depressing 5-4 loss to the Cardinals, Red Sox manager John Farrell now has to manage his personnel to perfection like at no other time of the season.

The Jonny Gomes/Daniel Nava thing was minor compared with the decision Farrell needs to make going forward: either keep Stephen Drew at shortstop because he’s the best defender or move Xander Bogaerts to short and play Will Middlebrooks or Mike Napoli at third.

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