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As expected, Sale gets another All-Star start for A.L.

As expected, Sale gets another All-Star start for A.L.

MIAMI — Chris Sale is starting in the All-Star Game for the second year in a row, the first pitcher to do so since Randy Johnson did it for the National League in 2000-01. The last American League pitcher to have back-to-back starts was Dave Stieb, in 1983-84.

"I’ve been very lucky to be where I'm at right now," Sale said. "This is special. I’m excited for it."

Sale, who grew up less than two hours away, noted friends and family will be around.

"It’s a big deal. There’s a lot going on," Sale said "But I like to sit back and being able to soak this in as well."

A.L. All-Star manager Brad Mills, filling in for the Cleveland Indians’ Terry Francona, announced Sale as the starter for Tuesday night’s game at a press conference at Marlins Park on Monday afternoon. Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals will start for the N.L. 

Sale is the first in Midsummer Classic history to start the game in consecutive years as a member of two different teams. 

"Have that transition going as smoothly as it has been, this is a fun time," Sale said. "I love coming to the All-Star game."

Sale, with the White Sox last season, allowed a first-inning home run to Kris Bryant of the Cubs and struck out one in his one-inning All-Star start last year in San Diego. 

The Red Sox lefty’s dominance since coming over from in the off-season trade for the White Sox made him the expected pick this year.

Sale’s accomplishments in this season are many. He’s 11-4 with a 2.75 ERA, 178 strikeouts and just 22 walks in 18 starts. No pitcher has had that many strikeouts at the break since Curt Schilling had 186 in 19 starts for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2002. 

The only other Red Sox pitcher to lead the majors in K’s at the break is Roger Clemens, who had 123 in 1991 and 186 in 1988.

Per FanGraphs, Sale’s been worth 5.3 wins above replacement so far this season, more than any pitcher in the majors. 

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.