David Price has faced Toronto, San Francisco, Texas (twice), New York, Seattle (twice) and Baltimore (twice) since June.
His rain-shortened, 8-1 complete-game victory over the Orioles Wednesday night was only the second time he’d beaten any of those playoff-contending teams since May 29. The other: A 2-1 win over Seattle on June 19.
And he did it Wednesday with a bit of an edge, too, working in on Baltimore's home-run hitters and not allowing them to get their hands extended.
“He made some quality pitches throughout the innings,” said Jackie Bradley Jr. “He gave us the chance to win and that’s all that we can ask for.”
With the rain delay looming -- the violent weather that eventually forced the game to be called in the top of the seventh had been forecast all day -- Price was fairly efficient, throwing 84 pitches through six innings.
Price seemed please with his performance -- very rare for him, even in good starts.
Additionally, he put the fate of the Red Sox’ season on his back along with the other starting pitchers.
“It’s all on the starting pitching,” Price said. "We’ll go as far as the starters take us. We’ve thrown the ball well as a group over I don’t know how long, but we’ve thrown the baseball a lot better.”
If the starting rotation keeps pitching like it has of late -- and Price is correct -- then the Red Sox are well on their way to the postseason.
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.
Mookie Betts and Aaron Judge are about to go global.
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.