Jimmy Piersall, a legendary outfielder and member of the Red Sox Hall Of Fame, passed away Saturday at the age of 87.
Piersall, a Waterbury, CT native, died at a care facility in Wheaton, IL. He spent eight of his 17 major league seasons in Boston, playing 931 games in a Red Sox uniform. Piersall was elected to the Red Sox Hall Of Fame in 2010.
The former center fielder and two-time All Star played alongside fellow Red Sox legend Ted Williams. To this day, Piersall still has the franchise record for hits in a game with a 6-for-6 performance against the St. Louis Browns in 1953.
When his playing days were over, Piersall joined the Chicago White Sox broadcast booth with Harry Caray.
Piersall is survived by his wife, nine children, and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
New Red Sox manager Alex Cora has announced that, as expected, left-hander Chris Sale will be the Opening Day starter when the Red Sox begin their season nine days from now against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. David Price will pitch the second game and Rick Porcello the third.
Cora told reporters in Fort Myers, Fla. that Eduardo Rodriguez would be in the fourth starter's spot if he's ready as he continues to recover from off-season knee surgery and left-hander Brian Johnson is preparing to be the fifth starter for now.
In Price's second Grapefruit League start on Tuesday, he pitched five innings and allowed two runs on three hits, walked one and struck out four in the Red Sox' 12-6 victory over the Pirates. Third baseman Rafael Devers, hitting .349 this spring, hit his third home run of the spring. Andrew Benintendi (.405) had a double and two RBI and first baseman Sam Travis drove in three.
Sale had a much rougher outing Monday, giving up four runs on five hits, with three walks and six strikeouts in five innings against the Phillies.
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Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy on Monday confirmed the Sox are interested to play the Yankees in London during next year's regular season. Bloomberg reported the clubs are nearing an agreement to play two games there in June 2019. Discussions are indeed taking place, but a deal is not done.
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“We would love to participate in a series in London against the Yankees but this is a decision that MLB and the MLBPA will make," Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said.
Bloomberg reported the games would be played at London Stadium, which was the main facility for the 2012 summer Olympics.
MLB has not played any games in Europe before. The Red Sox have made trips before, including to Japan before the 2008 season.