The Red Sox and Rays are set for their getaway game on Thursday, as David Price takes on his former team for the first time as a member of the Red Sox.
The Sox are coming off a 7-3 win on Wednesday in which they recorded a season-high 12 hits.
If the offense shows up like that again on Thursday, it should be more than enough for Price to work with. Since Aug. 1 2015, the Red Sox ace is 11-1 with a 2.73 ERA and .213 opponent batting average.
The Red Sox lineup goes up against righty Jake Odorizzi, who comes in sporting a 0-1 record with a 2.41 ERA and 20 strikeouts. The lineup is as follows:
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Travis Shaw 3B
Brock Holt LF
Christian Vazquez C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
The Rays will counter with:
Logan Forsythe 2B
Brandon Guyer LF
Evan Longoria 3B
Desmond Jennings DH
Steven Souza Jr. RF
Tim Beckham SS
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Curt Casali C
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.