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Peavy in pencil for Game 7; Doubront lurking

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BOSTON -- If the World Series goes to Game 7, will Jake Peavy start for the Red Sox?

"Everything points to that right now," said manager John Farrell.

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BOSTON -- If the World Series goes to Game 7, will Jake Peavy start for the Red Sox?

"Everything points to that right now," said manager John Farrell.

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Asked in another interview setting a few minutes later, Farrell said, "As of now, yes, that's the way we're lined up."

In other words, things could change. After putting together a strong performance in Game 4 of the American League Division Series against the Rays, Peavy wasn't sharp against the Tigers in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series or the Cardinals in Game 3 of the World Series.

Meanwhile, Felix Doubront, a starter for the Red Sox for almost the entire season, has re-emerged in the postseason, posting a 1.29 ERA in four relief outings. In the World Series, the Cardinals have mustered just two hits against him in 4 2/3 innings.

Even if Doubront didn't start Game 7, it seems logical that he could play a major role if he isn't taxed in Game 6. Doubront, after pitching the last two nights, will only pitch in an emergency in Game 5.

"Everybody's going to be available for Game 7," said Farrell. "We haven't gotten to a point of saying, 'You know what? Let's hold [Doubront] out as a potential starter.'"

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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