After leaving the game with a back injury Thursday, Hanley Ramirez is back in the Red Sox lineup for the series opener against the Diamondbacks at Fenway Park.
Ramirez collided with the Yankees' Gary Sanchez in the eighth inning of the Red Sox' 4-2 loss on a play at first base Thursday and injured his back. He remained in the game but left in the ninth inning. Ramirez is back at first and hitting fifth Friday.
Mookie Betts, who missed Thursday's game with right calf tightness, is back in right field and hits third. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia again leads off, Bryan Holaday will catch David Price (9-8, 4.34 ERA), who hasn't won since July 10. Lefty-hitting rookie Andrew Benintendi is in left and bats ninth against Arizona left-hander Patrick Corbin (4-11, 5.37 ERA).
Jean Segura 2B
Philip Gosselin 1B
Paul Goldschmidt DH
Rickie Weeks LF
Chris Owings SS
Brandon Drury RF
Jake Lamb 3B
Tuffy Gosewisch C
Michael Bourn CF
Patrick Corbin LHP
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Mookie Betts RF
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Aaron Hill 3B
Bryan Holaday C
Andrew Benintendi LF
David Price LHP
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.