Torii Hunter and Mike Napoli joke around during batting practice before Tuesday's game at Comerica Park. (Elizabeth Conley / Detroit News)
Detroit -- Red Sox manager John Farrell inserted Jonny Gomes into the lineup for the second straight game in the American League Championship Series against the Tigers.
Gomes will play left field and hit seventh on Tuesday afternoon against the Tigers’ Justin Verlander in Game 3 at Comerica Park.
Gomes hit an infield single, took second on an error, third on a wild pitch and scored the winning run on Jarrod Saltalamacchia's walk-off single in Sunday's 6-5 comeback win over the Tigers at Fenway Park.
"Jonny in left field today. I just felt like keeping us right and left alternating pretty much through our entire lineup," Farrell said. "One thing we mentioned yesterday -- when we've done some things offensively Jonny's been in the middle of it.
"He brings a little bit different personality to our team and that's not to be demeaning to Daniel Nava in any way. I just felt like going up against Verlander today, if he's on we can probably take those matchups and discard them somewhat."
Farrell said Verlander's curveball separates his game from Anibal Sanchez and Max Scherzer, the Tigers' starters in Game 1 and 2, respectively.
"A little bit different stuff, probably just where it relates to the breaking ball, more of a curve ball rather than a slider where both Scherzer and Sanchez, that's their primary secondary pitch," Farrell said. "Whether or not Justin comes out today like we've seen in the past ... we know we'll get premium stuff thrown at us.”
Sanchez and Scherzer had no-hitters late in each of their starts, the Tigers winning 1-0 in Game 1, then taking a 5-1 lead into Game 2.
Victorino gets on base
Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino has yet to get a hit against Verlander, going 0-for-6 against him. However, that doesn't mean he won't get on base.
Victorino has been hit by pitches 19 times since Aug. 4, six times in the postseason. Verlander said Monday that Victorino has been hit by strikes, crowding the plate, even leaning over the plate.
"Well, you better have a high pain threshold for one," said Farrell of players who get hit by a lot of pitches. "In Vic's case, as he's gone to the right side of the plate exclusively, he crowds home plate. I don't see a guy who's intentionally diving into the strike zone to take a hit by a pitch. And, I think as right-handers have faced him for the first time on the right side of the plate, it might be new for them.
“If a pitcher has got a desire to pitch him in -- for a right-handed pitcher to pitch him inside part of the strike zone, there's not much margin for error there. It's helped us on base, I know that."
Tuesday's Red Sox lineup
1. Jacob Ellsbury, CF
2. Shane Victorino, RF
3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
4. David Ortiz, DH
5. Mike Napoli, 1B
6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
7. Jonny Gomes, LF
8. Stephen Drew, SS
9. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
John Lackey, RHP