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Report: Red Sox acquire Chris Sale

Report: Red Sox acquire Chris Sale

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Red Sox -- who came away with the top starting pitcher (David Price) and top reliever (Craig Kimbrel) last offseason -- have done it again.

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Early Tuesday afternoon, the Red Sox acquired White Sox ace left-hander Chris Sale for four prospects: Infielder Yoan Moncada, pitchers Michael Kopech and Victor Diaz, and outfielder Luis Basabe). The news was first reported by Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

Sale, who will turn 28 in March, is regarded, with Price, as one of the best lefties in the American League and gives the Red Sox a dominant top-of-the-rotation trio (Sale, Price and Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello). He was 17-10 last year with a 3.34 ERA, the second 17-victory season of his career. In his career he is 74-50 in 248 games (148 starts) with a 3.00 ERA.

He is signed to a team-friendly contract that will cost the Red Sox just $38 million over the next three years. 

The White Sox' disappointing 2016 season -- 78-84, fourth place in the A.L. Central -- led to a decision by management to rebuild, with Sale being dangled as the chip that could fetch the most prospects. Over the last few weeks it was reported that the Red Sox, Nationals, Astros, Rangers and Braves were Sale's biggest pursuers, with Washington regarded as the front-runner as recently as Monday. But the high ceilings of Moncada and Kopech intrigued Chicago, and the White Sox decided to go in Boston's direction on Tuesday.

The Red Sox now have seven potential veteran starting pitchers -- Sale, Price, Porcello, Drew Pomeranz, Eduardo Rodriguez, Steven Wright and Clay Buchholz -- on their roster, four of whom are left-handed. 

 

Red Sox vs. Tigers lineups: Michael Chavis at third base for doubleheader Game 1

Red Sox vs. Tigers lineups: Michael Chavis at third base for doubleheader Game 1

The Boston Red Sox will play two Tuesday, and they're mixing things up for the first one.

Rookie Michael Chavis gets the start at third base for Game 1 of Boston's doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park after Monday's series opener was rained out.

Chavis made his first major league start Sunday at second base, but third base is his more natural position and where he played the most games in the minors last season.

In another odd quirk, Christian Vazquez will be the Red Sox's designated hitter Tuesday, with Sandy Leon catching left-hander Chris Sale. Recent call-up Tzu-Wei Lin gets the call at second base, while J.D. Martinez will play right field with Jackie Bradley Jr. out as Boston aims for its fourth consecutive win.

Here are both full lineups for Game 1, which is set for 1:10 p.m. ET:

BOSTON RED SOX (9-13)
Andrew Benintendi, LF
Mookie Betts, CF
J.D. Martinez, RF
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Steve Pearce, 1B
Michael Chavis, 3B
Christian Vazquez, DH
Tzu-Wei Lin, 2B
Sandy Leon, C

Chris Sale, LHP (0-4, 8.50 ERA)

DETROIT TIGERS (10-10)
Jeimer Candelario, 3B
Nicholas Castellanos, DH
Miguel Cabrera, 1B
Niko Goodrum, RF
Dustin Peterson, LF
Ronny Rodriguez, SS
Josh Harrison, 2B
Grayson Greiner, C
JaCoby Jones, CF

Matthew Boyd, LHP (1-1, 2.96 ERA)

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Alex Cora on Tyler Thornburg: ‘He’s going to be a big part of what we do’

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Alex Cora on Tyler Thornburg: ‘He’s going to be a big part of what we do’

Red Sox pitcher Tyler Thornburg may have not appeared in any games in over a week, but Alex Cora feels like "he’s going to be a big part" of what they do.

In comments published by MassLive.com, Cora said that “His [referring to Thornburg] stuff is there, the velocity is up there. I still feel like he’s been a little bit inconsistent using the stuff where he’s supposed to be, especially the fastball. I think his fastball plays in another spot. When he uses his fastball and it’s down in the zone just like Heath (Hembree), it gets hit. I do feel like we’ll use him, It’s just a matter of time."

Thornburg, a right hander, was traded to the Red Sox from the Milwaukee Brewers following the 2016 season.

According to baseball-reference.com, Thornburg appeared in 25 games for the Red Sox in 2018, pitching in 24 innings in relief before being lost to a shoulder injury at the end of the 2018 regular season.

Thornburg gave up 15 earned runs to his 24 innings pitched in 2018, compared to his six earned runs in just 8.1 innings pitched so far this season.

If the Red Sox hope to return to their 2018 form, their pitching will need a boost. Perhaps Thornburg can help.

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