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Farrell: Buchholz starts again Tuesday, Wright pushed back to Sunday


Farrell: Buchholz starts again Tuesday, Wright pushed back to Sunday

Red Sox manager John Farrell said after the game Sunday that, as expected, Steven Wright will miss his scheduled start Tuesday at Tampa Bay, the third he’s missed since injuring his right shoulder pinch-running at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 7.

“[Wright] came out of today’s bullpen [session] in good shape,” Farrell told reporters following the 10-5 loss to the Tigers. “We’re likely to get another bullpen Tuesday for Steven. That will put him in line for the weekend series against Kansas City.”

Wright was placed on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to Aug. 8) last Sunday. His turn in the Fenway Park series versus the Royals would likely come Sunday.

Clay Buchholz will again serve as Wright’s replacement on Tuesday against the Rays.

In his two starts replacing Wright, Buchholz has thrown 10 1/3 innings and given up four runs.

The right-hander has made Wright’s injury a non-issue, keeping Boston in both of his starts, especially his most recent start Thursday against Detroit when he pitched six innings and gave up just one run.

“He’s making a strong case for [starting again],” John Farrell said following Buchholz’s outing Thursday. “I think that’s the most consistent quality strikes he’s thrown in any given outing all year -- particularly in the starting role."

Including both relief appearances and starts, Buchholz has a 2.84 ERA in August and has allowed 14 baserunners (10 hits, three walks and one hit by pitch) in 12 2/3 innings.

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.