BOSTON -- For a while this postseason, it was a daily decision for manager John Farrell of who to play behind the plate: Jarrod Saltalamacchia or David Ross.
However, Ross has clearly emerged as the hot hand, and Game 6 will mark his third consecutive start.
"He's had some key hits," said first baseman Mike Napoli. "We're all excited for him. We're glad he's doing it. Hopefully he keeps doing it."
The Red Sox are 3-0 in this World Series in games that Ross has started.
"First of all, David has given us a spark offensively out of the position, and that's not to be disrespectful to Salty in any way," said Farrell. "We've had to try to jump-start a couple of different positions from an offensive standpoint. And at the same time, David has done a great job with running the game from a game-calling perspective. And so that's the thrust of him being back behind the plate tomorrow."
Victorino should be a full go; Nava back to bench
BOSTON -- The Red Sox managed to win Games 4 and 5 of the World Series without right fielder Shane Victorino, who has been an invaluable piece of the team all season.
For Game 6, airing at 7:30 ET on FOX with an 8:07 first pitch, Victorino should be back out there, not that his back ailment has apparently resolved itself enough.
"We fully expect him to be full go tomorrow," said manager John Farrell, "and that's the update on Shane."
With Victorino back in right field, Daniel Nava is expected to be on the bench for Game 6.
The right-handed-hitting Jonny Gomes will once again leap over Nava on the depth chart, as he did for much of the American League Championship Series and in the first two games of the World Series. This, even though nasty righty Michael Wacha is pitching for the Cards.
Farrell liked the idea of Nava starting in St. Louis because there was more ground to cover in the outfield. That isn't as much of a factor in Boston.
"Well, I can't say that it's because of matchups in Game 2," said Farrell. "Wacha was tough on all of us, but you get to the point where you look at the style of the pitcher on the mound in Wacha. And you look at what certain hitters in our lineup are more equipped to handle. And even though you might say, 'Well, it's a left-handed hitter, he should be in there,' I like the matchup of Gomes versus Nava. That doesn't mean at some point in the game that Nava is not going to be involved, but that's the way we're going right now."
Lester's magical October could continue
BOSTON -- If ace Jon Lester doesn't throw another pitch in 2013, his postseason will go down as one of the best in Red Sox history.
The lefty is 4-1 with a 1.56 ERA in five starts.
However, Lester still might have a chance to add to those numbers. Though he pitched Game 5 on Monday, Lester could resurface out of the bullpen if he is needed in Games 6 or 7 (if necessary).
Lester would have one day of rest leading up to Game 6, and two prior to Game 7.
"I'll get with Jon here today as he goes through his workout to find out where he is physically," said manager John Farrell.
Lester pitched through some discomfort in his back in his Game 5 win.
Felix Doubront, who pitched two innings in Game 3 and another 2 2/3 in Game 4, will be available in Game 6, said Farrell.
Fisk, Tiant to collaborate on first pitch
BOSTON -- On Wednesday night, Fenway Park will finally host another Game 6 of a World Series.
The last one, played between the Red Sox and Reds on Oct. 21, 1975, was such a classic that there have been books written about it, not to mention countless retrospective documentaries.
Before the Red Sox and Cardinals take the field for Game 6 on Wednesday, there will be a flavor of 1975.
Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk and right-hander Luis Tiant, Boston's battery for Game 6 in 1975, will collaborate in the first-pitch ceremony.
Everyone remembers Fisk hitting the home run -- and seemingly waving it off the left-field foul pole -- to beat the Reds in the bottom of the 12th. There was also a three-run, pinch-hit homer by Bernie Carbo in the eighth that tied the game. And a sensational catch by Dwight Evans in the right-field corner against Joe Morgan that prevented the Reds from taking the lead.
On Wednesday, the Red Sox can win the World Series with a win. Back in 1975, they needed Game 6 to stay alive, which they did, before losing by a run in Game 7.
"With Carlton, you know, it's an iconic video and a highlight that is shown repeatedly, and one of the more memorable swings that probably has taken place in this ballpark," said manager John Farrell. "But hopefully there's somebody tomorrow night that can wave their arms just the same."