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Red Sox notes: Porcello to start Game 1 against Indians


Red Sox notes: Porcello to start Game 1 against Indians

BOSTON -- After holding back on naming his Game 1 starter, John Farrell finally announced Sunday that Rick Porcello will get the ball to kick off the postseason.

David Price, Sunday’s starting pitcher, will get the ball in Game 2, but Farrell wouldn’t go beyond that.

“Yet to be determined on who will start Game 3 or 4,” Farrell said.

Porcello has undoubtedly made the case to start all season, putting together a Cy Young-caliber year and setting the tone for a starting rotation that’s had more than it’s share of ups and downs.

“The biggest thing might be just getting comfortable in the surroundings here in Boston,” Farrell said on Porcello’s transformation, “That has been the biggest change in all of this.

“In addition, I think he’s continued to learn about himself as a pitcher. So the overall pitcher, versus one individual aspect of him is what makes him stand out.”

And to no surprise, Porcello knew he had the start prior to Farrell’s announcement.

“He’s known about it for a few days, so it wasn’t really a surprise,” Farrell said.

Farrell also said Drew Pomeranz should get an inning of work in the season finale. This could set him up to be the other left-handed arm out of the pen, in addition to Robbie Ross Jr.

With Pomeranz out of the rotation, and Steven Wright still on the mend, that only leaves Clay Buchholz and Eduardo Rodriguez for Games 3 and 4.

Although the order has not yet been established, it’s hard to imagine that Rodriguez goes before Buchholz, given how the two have thrown of late.

Kelly has Made his case

With the roster still narrowing down, the Red Sox still have a handful of players on the playoff-roster bubble.

One who’s emerged as a potential bullpen armis Joe Kelly, who’s only given up one run in 14 September innings, striking out 20.

“We’ve had a few pitchers make necessary adjustments and Joe’s adapting back to that bullpen role,” Farrell said. “His ability to stay in the lane that he’s going to [and] not let the ball leak back to the middle -- that’s been key for him . . . He’s learning about himself and what makes him execute consistently.”

Farrell said that the team hasn’t decided if they’ll use 11 or 12 pitchers on the roster. But given spoke about Kelly, it’s hard to imagine the right-hander won't make the roster -- and not have a high-leverage role.

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.