Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com has the Red Sox lineup for tonight’s game against the White Sox in Chicago:
Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli was removed from Tuesday’s game after he injured his left ring finger when he dove head-first into second base after advancing on a wild pitch. Fortunately for the Red Sox, he only suffered a dislocation and not a fracture. He’s back in action after missing just one game.
By the way, Koji Uehara is also expected to be available for Boston tonight. The 39-year-old right-hander hasn’t appeared in a game since coming down with some shoulder soreness last Friday, but tests ruled out any structural damage and he hasn’t had any issues during recent throwing sessions.
Major League Baseball has announced the umpiring crew for the World Series. John Hirschbeck is the crew chief. It’s his fifth World Series assignment, third as a crew chief.
A surprising name on the crew is Joe West. It’ll be his sixth World Series overall, but first since 2012. There had been chatter for several years that Major League Baseball was making a more concerted effort to get its best umpires into the World Series more often while minimizing the appearances of its weakest umpires. Most assumed West’s absence from the Fall Classic in recent years, despite his seniority, was a function of that. Maybe they’re still making merit a priority and maybe West has just improved? I’ll leave that for you to judge.
Anyway, here is the lineup of umps for Game 1. They will rotate after that, of course. If the series goes six games, Cowboy Joe will be calling the balls and strikes:
Home plate: Larry Vanover
1B: Chris Guccione
2B: John Hirschbeck
3B: Marvin Hudson
LF: Tony Randazzo
RF: Joe West
Replay Official for Games 1-2: Sam Holbrook (with assistance from Todd Tichenor)
Replay Official for Games 3-7: Larry Vanover (with assistance from Todd Tichenor)