Shane Victorino is back in the Red Sox lineup but batting sixth for the first time this season. John Farrell said it's a function of liking Dustin Pedroia batting second and David Ortiz third.
"Wanted to keep the top of the order consistent with what we had [in Game 5]," Farrell said. "Vic is healthy, no restrictions. Glad he's back in right field for us."
Hitting Victorino sixth also beefs up the lineup behind Ortiz.
Victorino missed the last two games because of lower-back pain. But he said he is ready to go.
"I feel a lot better," said Victorino. "Progressively have gotten better every day. As we talked about, Game 5, I had every intention of being there. I think that John and I discussed before the game the magnitude of the game and what had happened the night before and I totally understand what his understanding of where I was and maybe giving me that extra day and keeping the lineup the way it was."
A few other notes:
• Jake Peavy is the starter for a possible Game 7 "as of now," according to Farrell. That seems to leave open the possibility of starting Felix Doubront if the lefty is not used tonight.
• Clay Buchholz is available out of the bullpen tonight. Jon Lester would be available tomorrow. Lester's soreness is "normal wear and tear" according to Farrell. Counting the postseason, Lester has thrown 248 innings this season.