Red Sox Notebook

John Farrell says Shane Victorino is ready to start

Shane Victorino missed the last two games with a sore lower back.

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Shane Victorino missed the last two games with a sore lower back.

With a few alterations, the Red Sox will have their usual lineup together with a chance to win the World Series on Wednesday night.

Right fielder Shane Victorino, who missed the last two games with a sore lower back, will be ready to start, according to manager John Farrell.


“He was available [Monday] night,” Farrell said Tuesday. “There were no restrictions as far as the type of play. In other words, he wasn’t restricted to defense only or at the plate only. We fully expect him to be full go tomorrow.”

The Sox also will get Mike Napoli back at first base. With no designated hitter in the National League park, David Ortiz played the last three games at first base against the Cardinals in St. Louis and Napoli was limited to one at-bat.

Napoli had six extra-base hits and six RBIs in his first 12 games of the postseason.

“With Mike Napoli at first it gives us some additional range,” Farrell said. “And David Ortiz did a great job at first base. Getting one of our middle-of-the-order bats back to us, we’re hopeful that it really has a chance to extend the lineup even that much more.”

Farrell said he would stick with catcher David Ross for the third consecutive game. It would be the seventh start in 16 postseason games for Ross. He has displaced usual starter Jarrod Saltalamacchia at this point.

Ross is 6 for 21 in the postseason and Saltalamacchia 6 for 32.

“First of all, David has given us a spark offensively out of the position. And that’s not to be disrespectful to Salty in any way,” Farrell said. “We’ve had to try to jump-start a couple of different positions from an offensive standpoint. And at the same time, David has done a great job with running the game from a game-calling perspective. And so that’s the thrust of him being back behind the plate.”

Farrell also will stay with Jonny Gomes in left field instead of Daniel Nava.

Nava was a far more productive hitter this season, but the Sox are 9-1 in postseason games Gomes has started. He is hitting .154 (6 of 39) in the postseason but helped win several games, particularly Game 4 against the Cardinals with a three-run homer.

The Sox will be facing a righthander in Michael Wacha. But Farrell wants the righthanded-hitting Gomes instead of Nava, who switch hits.

“You get to the point where you look at the style of the pitcher on the mound in Wacha and you look at what certain hitters in our lineup are more equipped to handle,” Farrell said.

“Even though you might say, ‘Well, it’s a lefthanded hitter, [Nava] should be in there.’ But I like the matchup of Gomes vs. Nava. That doesn’t mean at some point in the game that Nava is not going to be involved, but that’s the way we’re going right now.”

Golden guys

Victorino and second baseman Dustin Pedroia received Gold Gloves.

It is the third Gold Glove for Pedroia, the others coming in 2008 and 2011. According to, he led all major league second basemen with 15 defensive runs saved and also led the AL with an .836 zone rating at the position.

Since the award’s inception in 1957, Pedroia is the sixth player to win at least three with the Red Sox, the first since outfielder Dwight Evans, who won eight.

It was the fourth Gold Glove for Victorino, the first three coming as a center fielder for the Phillies.

Victorino led the American League with 24 defensive runs saved in right field. He also had nine assists.

In his first season with the Red Sox in 2013, Victorino made a career-high 106 starts in right field and appeared in 110 games overall at the position.

He had the third-most putouts among AL right fielders (264) and his three double plays tied for second-most at the position.

“Incredibly humbled to join list of Red Sox Gold Glove winners,” Victorino wrote on Twitter. “Grateful for my teammates and coaches this year!”

Jacoby Ellsbury was a finalist in center field. Adam Jones of the Orioles was the winner.

Costly line

Lefthander Felix Doubront missed the cutoff for salary arbitration by two days. The service time record to qualify for arbitration will be two years and 122 days, the Associated Press reported.

Under the collective bargaining agreement, the top 22 percent of players by service time with at least two years but less than three are eligible for arbitration. They join the group of players with 3-6 years of service time.

There are 28 “Super Two” players. The Red Sox now can retain Doubront at a salary above the minimum they set for 2014.

Doubront was 11-6 with a 4.32 ERA over 29 appearances and would have received significantly more via arbitration.

Lottery tickets

Box seats for Game 6 were selling for $10,000 on the secondary market as of Tuesday night. Even bleacher seats were fetching more than $1,000., which tracks prices, listed the average ticket going for close to $2,200.

“There’s a lot of people with a lot of money willing to spend,” Farrell said. “From a historic perspective, when you consider that an event like this hasn’t been here in a couple of generations, there’s a lot of people that are willing to take some extra cash and try to be a part of it.

“We don’t take for granted the passion that our fan base have or that our fans have. And I think our guys get it. They understand their place here. And they understand what the Red Sox mean to this region, particularly this city. I think there’s kind of a rekindled relationship between this team and the fans and that has grown out of the personalities that are here now.”

By the numbers

Wednesday will be the 178th game the Red Sox play this season, adding to their franchise record. The old record of 176 came in 2004 and 2007 . . . The Sox are 10-5 in the postseason with five wins coming after they trailed in the game . . . The Sox are 7-9 in potential clinching games of the World Series but have won their last two after a six-game losing streak from 1946-86 . . . Fenway Park will host its 31st World Series game Wednesday night. Only original Yankee Stadium (100), the Polo Grounds (44), and Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis (33) have had more . . . Doubront will be available out of the bullpen Wednesday night. He pitched in relief in Games 3 and 4 . . . Jon Lester, who went 7 innings in Game 5 Monday night, could be available in relief for a possible Game 7 Thursday night.

Parking problems

The Sox and the City of Boston are advising fans to use public transportation Wednesday. On-street parking will be restricted on streets in the Fenway/Kenmore neighborhood. Parking also will be restricted on streets in Brighton, as well as near Northeastern University, Faneuil Hall, and North Station . . . Owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner, president Larry Lucchino, and chief operating officer Sam Kennedy were on the field to watch the team’s workout . . . Dropkick Murphys, who played before the clinching sixth game of the ALCS at Fenway, will be back Wednesday night.

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