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A Tale of Two Openers for Shaw and Ortiz


A Tale of Two Openers for Shaw and Ortiz

CLEVELAND -- Call it a Tale of Two Openers -- one a first, one a last.

For Travis Shaw, part of a Major League Opening Day roster, Monday represents a new beginning and, no doubt, a day he will always remember.

“(Monday) is going to be fun,” said Shaw, who beat out Pablo Sandoval last week to become the Red Sox' regular third baseman. “It's something you dream about your whole life, to start on Opening Day. If it's not going to be in Boston, what better place than Cleveland?”

Shaw grew up in Washington Court House, Ohio, about three hours from Cleveland, and expects there will be somewhere between 10-and-15 family members and friends from his hometown at Progressive Field.

He spent the final two and a half months with the Red Sox last season and made his major league debut, so most of the nerves were already worked out.

Still, Monday will be special.

“It's just another game,” said Shaw. “I'm ready for this opportunity and kind of take off and run with it.”

Shaw is a relative newcomer to third base, but has quickly made himself adept at the position. He figures the first chance he gets in the field might carry with it some butterflies, but not for long.

“Once that first play is out of the way,” he said, “you can kind of settle in. First at-bat, first ground ball...once those are done, everything calms down.”

In the crowd Monday with be Shaw's father, Dennis, who pitched in the majors and for whom the opener will have extra significance.

“I know he's looking forward to (Monday),” said Travis Shaw, “he and my Mom. Like I said, (Monday) will be fun and I'm ready to take it all in.”

David Ortiz, meanwhile, has had more Opening Days than most, dating back almost 20 years. But because this will be his final one, it might have some added significance.

“Opening Day is the one of the parts of the season you always look forward to,” Ortiz said. “I don't feel any different yet (about it being his final one), but knowing that it's your last one, you go about your business and try to enjoy it.”

Ortiz is trying not to get wrapped up in his surroundings and promises to treat it like any other opener.

“I don't think about (the fact that it's his last one),” he said. “Your mind can't be processing too many things, especially when I'm getting ready for the season. I'm not thinking about anything except trying to win some games and get back to the playoffs once again.”

The Indians plan a pre-game ceremony and presentation to observe his last regular season visit, but that won't happen until the series finale on Thursday night.

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.