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What a crazy finish that was last night, though. Tough to swallow for the Red Sox and their fans. But it seems as though, after some rule-book explanations from the experts, most people are realizing the correct call was made.

St. Louis leads 2-1 in the best-of-seven Series.

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SHANE SCRATCHED: Boston made a late lineup switch, pulling right fielder Shane Victorino and putting in Jonny Gomes.

The Red Sox say Victorino has stiffness in his lower back. The change came about 75 minutes before the first pitch.

Daniel Nava shifted from left field to right and moved into Victorino’s No. 2 spot in the batting order. Gomes will hit fifth and play left.

Victorino and Gomes were both hitless in the Series at a combined 0 for 18.

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CRAIG READY: The Cardinals say Allen Craig will be ready if needed.

Craig re-injured his sprained left foot on a wild trip around the bases Saturday night, sliding into third base and home while scoring the winning on the obstruction call against Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks in the ninth inning.

The first baseman and cleanup hitter had been out since Sept. 4 before returning for the World Series. Craig was the DH in Boston, and got a pinch-hit double in Game 3.

Manager Mike Matheny said X-rays showed no additional injury.

St. Louis had one lineup wrinkle for Game 4, with Daniel Descalso starting at shortstop in place of Pete Kozma. Descalso has plenty of starting experience in the middle infield.

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HALF THE DISTANCE: For the ceremonial first pitch, Hall of Famer Bob Gibson threw to Tim McCarver, who is in his final season as a broadcaster with Fox.

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