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Price looks to put adjustments to the test vs. Astros


Price looks to put adjustments to the test vs. Astros

BOSTON - It will be all eyes on David Price Thursday night at Fenway Park, and for a very good reason.

Price, by his own admission, has underperformed this season after signing a record seven-year, $217 million deal with the team over the offseason.

He comes into the game against the Houston Astros sporting a 4-1 record, but a 6.75 ERA fresh off his first loss of the season last weekend in New York against the Yankees, where he was chased in the fifth inning after allowing six earned runs. Price has pitched just three quality starts over his first seven starts.

So what's the deal? Well, the film shows Price's mechanics are a bit off. Dustin Pedroia found that Price wasn't bringing his leg up as high as he had in past seasons. That, Price thinks, could explain his dip in velocity and struggles overall this season.

Price has worked all week to adjust, and is set to test the results.

"To simplify it as best possible," manager John Farrell began, "he has worked on just maintaining his balance over the rubber and separating his hands on time and when a pitcher does that they typically command the baseball with a little more consistency, and that's what we'll look for here tonight."

But Price's mechanics this season are similar to that of last season's when Price was pitching well. So can that adjustment really fix what's wrong?

"It's timing. And it's getting your hands separated on time," Farrell said. "So if you have a lower hand set and you drift a little bit towards the rubber you're probably going to be a little bit late getting out of the glove. And that's where a number of pitches have been elevated in the strike zone. So by maybe taking a little bit more of an adjustment of getting your hands a little bit higher, it does free them up, it does buy you a little bit of time over the rubber to separate."

The Sox will hope for success with Price's adjustment, because there is no price adjustment in the deal they're paying him.

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.