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Pomeranz in line to pitch Sunday, but rain may juggle Red Sox rotation


Pomeranz in line to pitch Sunday, but rain may juggle Red Sox rotation

BOSTON -- Drew Pomeranz is in line to pitch Sunday in Detroit, but the potential for a rainout Thursday may interfere even if he is deemed ready.

The Sox could juggle their rotation at that point.

"I feel about normal for the beginning of the year," said Pomeranz, who threw in a minor-league game Monday in Florida. "I feel great. I've got 90 pitches in, I feel that’s what most people did the last start anyway, so I feel I'm right where I need to be."

Pomeranz didn’t exactly seem like a man oozing confidence, but he’s laid back to begin with. At the same time, if there's an opportunity to get him more rest, the Red Sox should take it.

Manager John Farrell didn’t offer a definitive plan for the rotation in case of a rainout.

"Everything points to him making a start this upcoming series," Farrell said. "The only thing that could effect the actual day is, one, his eligibility, which is Sunday. And then, two, the weather and how that might affect the rotation going forward over the next turn through the rotation.

"We haven’t made a Plan B in the event that tomorrow is rained out, but it’s a consideration at this point. Then we also have to factor if we are rained out tomorrow, what is the makeup date.

"There’s not many off-days that are not violation of the number of consecutive games played. And the mutual off dates, while I think there are five between us, I think four of them are in violation [of scheduling rules]."

An off-day April 13 would not be in violation, Farrell said, and could be a potential make-up date.

As expected, it's Sale, Price and Porcello to start Sox season

As expected, it's Sale, Price and Porcello to start Sox season

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. 



Red Sox, Yankees working to play in London in 2019

Red Sox, Yankees working to play in London in 2019

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.