Shane Victorino in lineup, batting 6th

Updated: October 30, 2013, 9:21 PM ET
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Boston Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino was back in the lineup for Game 6 of the World Series after missing the previous two contests with lower back tightness.

Red Sox manager John Farrell revealed his Game 6 lineup on Wednesday afternoon, with Victorino batting sixth instead of his usual No. 2 spot.

In Victorino's absence, the Red Sox moved Dustin Pedroia (from third to second) and David Ortiz (from fourth to third) up a spot in the lineup.

Victorino's drop in the order was not a product of his 0-for-10 showing thus far, or of his recent health issues, according to Farrell. The skipper said his right fielder has no physical restrictions.

Rather, Farrell indicated he does not want to mess all that much with the top of the order, namely Ortiz, who continued his hot streak with a 3-for-4 showing in the 3-hole in Game 5.

"Wanted to keep the top of the order consistent," Farrell said. "[Victorino's] healthy, no restrictions, glad he's back in right field for us. ... This isn't a volume thing or anything. This is more, trying to lengthen it out behind David. This is somewhat reflective of that."

Victorino started in the No. 7 spot twice in April, but has hit second or first in every start since. He started several games batting fifth and sixth earlier in his career.

The drop of Victorino allowed Mike Napoli to bat cleanup for the first time this postseason. Napoli sat during the three games in St. Louis, getting just one at-bat off the bench. Farrell did not anticipate any rust for his slugging first baseman, even though Napoli seems to get into grooves through repetition.

"My thought is that rhythm will be overridden by adrenaline," Farrell said.

Left fielder Jonny Gomes batted fifth. Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury led off, and rookie third baseman Xander Bogaerts, shortstop Stephen Drew and catcher David Ross rounded out the lineup.

The Red Sox lead the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 and are looking to win a World Series at home for the first time since 1918.

Information from ESPNBoston.com contributor Tony Lee added to this report.

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