ST. LOUIS, MO (WGGB) — While Red Sox starter Jake Peavy prepares to take the mound in Game 3 of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, manager John Farrell has settled on who will be behind him.
Without a designated hitter position in a National League ballpark, Farrell will start slugger David Ortiz at first base. This means that Mike Napoli will have to sit the bench.
Farrell had little choice but to include Big Papi in Saturday’s lineup, as Ortiz drove Boston’s offense, going 4-for-6 with two home runs, five RBI and three runs scored in the first two games.
Another bearded starter will be on the bench for Boston. Jonny Gomes will sit, as left-handed Daniel Nava gets the start. Farrell hopes he will match up better against Cardinals righty Joe Kelly. Gomes is also 1 for his last 15, and has struggled throughout the postseason.
Meanwhile, Farrell will stick with struggling starter Stephen Drew at shortstop. Drew is just 4 for his last 42 at-bats, with 15 strikeouts.
Farrell also confirmed Clay Buchholz as the starter for Game 4 on Sunday. He insisted that there were no nagging injury problems, as had been suspected this week.
First pitch of Game 3 will be at 8:07 p.m. Saturday night. Coverage on FOX6 begins at 7:30 p.m.