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Rodriguez’s hamstring still a problem, Owens to start Sunday


Rodriguez’s hamstring still a problem, Owens to start Sunday

John Farrell announced following Saturday’s 3-2 win that Henry Owens will start in place of Eduardo Rodriguez on Sunday against the Tigers in Detroit. Rodriguez was pulled early from Tuesday’s start in Baltimore because of discomfort in his left hamstring. 

Although all signs pointed to E-Rod making the start, Rodriguez threw a 20-pitch touch-up before Saturday’s game and said he didn’t feel 100 percent.

“After his bullpen here today, continued to feel some uncertainty in the hamstring that didn’t feel like he could make the pitches necessary with the conviction required,” Farrell told reporters in Detroit.

Farrell’s concern was not just surrounding Rodriguez’s health, but also his ability to pitch competitively for a long stretch -- and not force another extended bullpen day.

“When he talked about it, [we] didn’t want to put him out there with that frame of mind,” Farrell said.

Rodriguez said he felt similarly, with hopes of avoiding what happened when he first returned from his knee injury.

“I don’t want to get in the game tomorrow and do something wrong [to aggravate it],” he told reporters after Saturday’s game. “Or get in the game not focus on throwing strikes.”

Despite missing the start, Rodriguez said he didn't think he would have to go on the disabled list and he’s confident he’ll be ready to go soon.

“Day by day I feel better and better, but I don’t feel ready for tomorrow,” Rodriguez said.

To make room for Owens on the roster, infielder Deven Marrero was optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket. 

Owens was scheduled to start Saturday for the PawSox. The left-hander hand control problems in his earlier stint this season with Boston (13 walks in 12 1/3 innings), but has pitched better lately at Triple A (four runs allowed in his past four starts, 29 strikeouts in his past 23 innings). 

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.