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Hard for Red Sox to establish early rhythm

Hard for Red Sox to establish early rhythm

CLEVELAND -- Thanks to some inclement weather in the first week of the season, it's been difficult for the Red Sox to get into the rhythm and routine of the regular season.

Since playing two exhibition games in Montreal last weekend, the Red Sox have played just twice in the five days following, with an off-day Sunday, a postponement Monday, games Tuesday and Wednesday, and yet another rainout Thursday night.

"It's something completely out of our control,'' said John Farrell. "We've been able to go through semi-regular pre-game (work) with the exception of (taking infield). We've hit every day, our guys have been able to throw their bullpens as scheduled.

"So we'll go into (the domed Rogers Centre in Toronto) and be uninterrupted for the next three. That's behind us and we're looking forward to going into Toronto.''

As for pitching plans, the Red Sox simply pushed everyone back a day, meaning Joe Kelly, Thursday's scheduled starter, will now pitch the opener in Toronto Friday, followed by Rick Porcello Saturday and Steven Wright Sunday.

That leaves David Price as the pitcher in the home opener on Monday against Baltimore.

At the end of spring training, Farrell said he wanted Price "pitching as much as possible'' within the confines of a five-day rotation and the Sox could have kept him on schedule by having him pitch the road trip finale in Toronto while skipping Wright.

But Wright pitched effectively against the same Toronto lineup in Montreal last weekend, giving the Red Sox confidence he could handle the Jays at Rogers Centre, too.

Meanwhile, the teams did not announce a rescheduling of Thursday's postponed game, though all signs point to a makeup on Aug. 15. There are three other common off-days for the clubs, but in all but the Aug. 15 date, one team or the other would be playing games for more than 20 days in a row, violating one of the tenets of the collective bargaining agreement.

Occasionally, players are asked to waive that right and are sometimes given financial incentive to do so.

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.