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Victorino set to play for Red Sox in Game 6

  • Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell speaks during a news conference before a workout at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. The Red Sox are scheduled to host the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of baseball's World Series on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell speaks during a news conference before a workout at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. The Red Sox are scheduled to host the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of baseball's World Series on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Carrying a small flag in his back pocket, Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes waits for his turn in the batting cage during a workout at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. The Red Sox are scheduled to host the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of baseball's World Series on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Carrying a small flag in his back pocket, Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes waits for his turn in the batting cage during a workout at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. The Red Sox are scheduled to host the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of baseball's World Series on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Red Sox pitchers Clay Buchholz, left, and John Lackey stand together during a workout at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. Lackey is scheduled to start Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Red Sox pitchers Clay Buchholz, left, and John Lackey stand together during a workout at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. Lackey is scheduled to start Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Baseball fan Bryan McGovern of Quincy, Mass., sits among those first in line for game-day tickets outside Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. The Red Sox will face the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the World Series on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Baseball fan Bryan McGovern of Quincy, Mass., sits among those first in line for game-day tickets outside Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. The Red Sox will face the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the World Series on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Grounds crew members dismantle the batting cage after the Boston Red Sox's workout at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. The Red Sox host the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of baseball's World Series on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Grounds crew members dismantle the batting cage after the Boston Red Sox's workout at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. The Red Sox host the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of baseball's World Series on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey speaks during a news conference prior to a workout at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. Lackey is scheduled to start Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey speaks during a news conference prior to a workout at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. Lackey is scheduled to start Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz walks into the dugout after a workout at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. The Red Sox are scheduled to host the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of baseball's World Series on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz walks into the dugout after a workout at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. The Red Sox are scheduled to host the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of baseball's World Series on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Red Sox's Mike Carp stretches with a bat during a workout at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. The Red Sox are scheduled to host the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of baseball's World Series on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Red Sox's Mike Carp stretches with a bat during a workout at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. The Red Sox are scheduled to host the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of baseball's World Series on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Championship banners hang on the facade of Fenway Park in Boston on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, including the one from 1918, which was the last World Series that the Boston Red Sox clinched at home. The Red Sox will face the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the World Series on Wednesday in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Championship banners hang on the facade of Fenway Park in Boston on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, including the one from 1918, which was the last World Series that the Boston Red Sox clinched at home. The Red Sox will face the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the World Series on Wednesday in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • A security guard keeps an eye on things outside Gate D at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. Boston holds a 3-2 lead over the St. Louis Cardinals with Game 6 and if necessary Game 7 scheduled at Fenway for Wednesday and Thursday nights.(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    A security guard keeps an eye on things outside Gate D at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. Boston holds a 3-2 lead over the St. Louis Cardinals with Game 6 and if necessary Game 7 scheduled at Fenway for Wednesday and Thursday nights.(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • St. Louis Cardinals' Allen Craig takes batting practice before Game 1 of baseball's World Series against the Boston Red Sox Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    St. Louis Cardinals' Allen Craig takes batting practice before Game 1 of baseball's World Series against the Boston Red Sox Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell responds to a question during a news conference before the start of Game 5 of the American League baseball championship series against the Detroit Tigers Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell responds to a question during a news conference before the start of Game 5 of the American League baseball championship series against the Detroit Tigers Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

  • Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell speaks during a news conference before a workout at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. The Red Sox are scheduled to host the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of baseball's World Series on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Carrying a small flag in his back pocket, Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes waits for his turn in the batting cage during a workout at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. The Red Sox are scheduled to host the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of baseball's World Series on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Red Sox pitchers Clay Buchholz, left, and John Lackey stand together during a workout at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. Lackey is scheduled to start Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Baseball fan Bryan McGovern of Quincy, Mass., sits among those first in line for game-day tickets outside Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. The Red Sox will face the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the World Series on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Grounds crew members dismantle the batting cage after the Boston Red Sox's workout at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. The Red Sox host the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of baseball's World Series on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey speaks during a news conference prior to a workout at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. Lackey is scheduled to start Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz walks into the dugout after a workout at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. The Red Sox are scheduled to host the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of baseball's World Series on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Red Sox's Mike Carp stretches with a bat during a workout at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. The Red Sox are scheduled to host the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of baseball's World Series on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Championship banners hang on the facade of Fenway Park in Boston on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, including the one from 1918, which was the last World Series that the Boston Red Sox clinched at home. The Red Sox will face the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the World Series on Wednesday in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • A security guard keeps an eye on things outside Gate D at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. Boston holds a 3-2 lead over the St. Louis Cardinals with Game 6 and if necessary Game 7 scheduled at Fenway for Wednesday and Thursday nights.(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • St. Louis Cardinals' Allen Craig takes batting practice before Game 1 of baseball's World Series against the Boston Red Sox Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
  • Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell responds to a question during a news conference before the start of Game 5 of the American League baseball championship series against the Detroit Tigers Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

BOSTON – Shane Victorino’s stiff back is feeling better, so Red Sox Manager John Farrell plans to start him when Boston tries to win the World Series championship in Game 6.

Boston leads the St. Louis Cardinals, 3-2, going into tonight’s game.

The right fielder missed the last two games, and the Red Sox won without him. In Game 4, Jonny Gomes hit a three-run homer in a 4-2 win after Victorino was a late scratch from the lineup.

Victorino, who was awarded the Gold Glove yesterday, also sat out Monday night’s 3-1 victory, although his back wasn’t as stiff as it had been.

“He was available last night,” Farrell said yesterday at Fenway Park. “He wasn’t restricted to defense only or at the plate only. We fully expect him to be full go tomorrow.”

Victorino is having a rough Series at 0-for-10.

Farrell also said David Ross would start his second straight game at catcher instead of regular Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Ross, known for his handling of pitchers rather than his hitting, had a tiebreaking double in the seventh inning of Game 5.

“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. “And, at the same time, David has done a great job running the game from a game-calling perspective.”

Ross is 3-for-12 with six strikeouts in three games. Saltalamacchia is hitless in six at-bats with four strikeouts in the other two games.

Stacking the Cards

St. Louis Manager Mike Matheny expects to have banged-up Allen Craig in the lineup for Game 6.

Craig missed more than a month because of a sprained left foot before returning for the World Series. The cleanup man and first baseman was the designated hitter for the first two games in Boston, and started one game in the field at St. Louis.

Craig is 4-for-12 in the Series. He doubled and scored the winning run on an obstruction call in Game 3, then later was held to a single when he hit a ball to the wall at Busch Stadium.

“I had a quick conversation with him. He said he felt good today. So that was a great response and what we wanted to hear,” Matheny said.

Matheny said he was still deciding where to put Carlos Beltran in the lineup. Beltran has hit in both the second and fourth slots.

“It could go either way. Running through multiple lineups. Many of them just on paper, scratching all over the place,” Matheny said.

“We realize that this game comes down to the guys performing, but we do have a responsibility to put them in a position to give our team the best chance of success. And Carlos is one of those guys that can fill a number of roles,” he said.

Then and now

The Red Sox’s Farrell said he’s always enjoyed the atmosphere at Fenway Park. Standing on the mound, that was a different story.

“I pitched here, good and bad,” he recalled yesterday. “There’s been days when you wind up, you feel like The Wall is moving in as you’re making your delivery.”

The 51-year-old Farrell was 36-46 in eight seasons with Cleveland, the Angels and Detroit. He went 1-4 with a 6.68 ERA in five starts at Boston, winning as a rookie in 1987 and giving up two home runs to John Valentin in 1993 in his Fenway finale.

“And yet the environment that’s in here to me is second to none. In June it’s a playoff atmosphere,” Farrell said. “The expectations of the fans keep our guys accountable to bring their ‘A’ game every night.”

Game 6 starter John Lackey acknowledged it’s a tough ballpark for pitchers.

“It’s not a real great place to pitch. Obviously, with the left-field wall being so close and the right-field pole being even closer, it can definitely pose some challenges,” he said.

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