John Farrell: Xander Bogaerts back at third base for Game 6

Rob Bradford
October 18, 2013 - 12:25 pm

Speaking to the media prior to his team's workout at Fenway Park Friday afternoon, Red Sox manager John Farrell confirmed that Xander Bogaerts will make his second straight start at third base when the Sox look to clinch their best-of-seven American League Championship Series with Detroit. Bogaerts, who notched a hit and a walk during the Red Sox' Game 5 win, replaces Will Middlebrooks. Middlebrooks entered the game Thursday night as a pinch-runner for Bogaerts, going from first to third on a David Ross sacrifice bunt. Farrell also said Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be back in the starting lineup, catching Game 6 starter Clay Buchholz. One player who will remain in the lineup despite his struggles is shortstop Stephen Drew. Drew is 1-for-17 with eight strikeouts in the ALCS. Farrell noted that Shane Victorino -- who is also mired in a slump (2-for-21 in ALCS) -- will remain in the lineup's No. 2 spot. Jonny Gomes will get the start in left.