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Victorino out of Boston’s starting lineup again

October 28, 2013

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Shane Victorino has been ruled out of Boston’s starting lineup for the second straight World Series game.

Victorino was scratched from Game 4 on Sunday because of lower back stiffness and his replacement in the batting order, Jonny Gomes, hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in a 4-2 win that leveled the Series against St. Louis at 2-all.

Red Sox manager John Farrell says Victorino is much improved and probably could have started Monday night. But Farrell was concerned about how much time the outfielder would spend on the field and says he wanted to be able to use Victorino “at our discretion.”

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