Dustin Pedroia gets the night off and Mookie Betts moves to the leadoff spot as the Red Sox look to extend their winning streak to six in the second of their four-game series against the Orioles in Baltimore.
Marco Hernandez starts at second in place of Pedroia and bats ninth. Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (2-7, 4.98 ERA) is on the mound for Boston. He’s coming off a 2 1/3-inning start Thursday night against the Yankees in which he allowed four runs on eight hits.
Right-hander Kevin Gausman (8-10, 3.43) pitches for the Orioles. He handed the Red Sox their last loss, a 1-0 Orioles’ victory last Wednesday in which he he held Boston to four hits.
The Red Sox lead the Orioles and Blue Jays by four games in the A.L. East with 11 to play. Their magic number for clinching the division title is nine.
Mookie Betts RF
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Travis Shaw 3B
Chris Young LF
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Sandy Leon C
Marco Hernandez 2B
Eduardo Rodriguez LHP
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Manny Machado 3B
Mark Trumbo RF
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Matt Wieters C
Troy Mancini DH
J.J. Hardy SS
Noland Reimold LF
Kevin Gausman 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.