Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts, hit by a pitch on the right wrist in the ninth inning of a 6-2 victory over the Astros on Friday night, is out of the lineup for the second game of the series on Saturday afternoon (4:05 start) in Houston.
Brock Holt starts at shortstop with Chris Young taking over for Holt in left field against Astros right-hander Mike Fiers.
Clay Buchholz is on the mound for the Red Sox. The full lineups:
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Travis Shaw 3B
Brock Holt SS
Chris Young LF
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Christian Vazquez C
Clay Buchholz RHP
Jose Altuve 2B
George Springer RF
Carlos Correa SS
Colby Rasmus LF
Preston Tucker DH
Carlos Gomez CF
Marwin Gonzalez 1B
Luis Valbuena 3B
Jason Castro C
Mike Fiers RHP
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.