The acquisition of Bryan Holaday prior to Fridy's raised some eyebrows -- given the Red Sox already have two catchers on the roster and Christian Vazquez in waiting.
The first thought is that Holaday would replace Ryan Hanigan, who's been scuffling at the plate all season.
And that may be the case, but not because of his performance, as John Farrell expressed prior to Friday's game that Hanigan was removed from Thursday's game because of an left ankle injury he suffered during the contest.
From the looks of it, he's got a good chance at hitting the disabled list as a result.
On another health related note, although Hanley Ramirez is back in the lineup for Friday's contest, it appears David Ortiz is still entertainng the idea of playing first base. Before Friday's game, Farrell expressed that he fully expects Ortiz to take the field in the Saturday game.
"Games are taking on added importance," Farrell said. "His bat in our lineup is an important one."
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.