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Chris Sale slated to start Game 1 of the World Series

Chris Sale slated to start Game 1 of the World Series

After a trip to the hospital that left many Sox fans worried, Chris Sale is healthy and ready to start Game 1 of the World Series against the Dodgers, according to manager Alex Cora. 

Cora also gave a nod to Sale's explanation for his ailment, laughing as he discussed that the extra days off will allow Sale's belly button to fully heal. 

Whether or not Sale's explanation of a belly button ring infection is true, Sale's teammates and fans are relieved that he's recovered and ready to go. 

After an uncharacteristic start in Game 1 of the ALCS that resulted in four walks and two earned runs in only four innings pitched, Sale was admitted to a hospital in Boston and was scratched from his Game 5 start. 

Fortunately, his teammates picked up the slack while he was gone, and David Price pitched his best postseason game of his career en route to a series-winning victory in Houston. 

The Red Sox will need all hands on deck against an extremely talented Dodgers squad. Now, with their ace raring to go, they're healthy and ready to battle for a championship. 

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Red Sox won't use many regulars in early exhibition games

Red Sox won't use many regulars in early exhibition games

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox' lineup for Friday’s spring training opener vs Northeastern is set. Well, most of it anyway.

During his press conference Thursday at JetBlue Park, manager Alex Cora revealed who will be playing.

“Blake [Swihart] is catching, Christian [Vazquez] is DH’ing, [Tzu-Wei] Lin is at short, [Bobby] Dalbec is at third. [Chad] De La Guerra is at second, [Sam] Travis is at first, [Tate] Matheny is playing somewhere in the outfield, and then [Cole] Sturgeon is playing one of the outfield, and then to be determined,” Cora told reporters.

But who’s pitching?

“Pitchers, we got [Mike] Shawaryn, [Darwinzon] Hernandez, [Domingo] Tapia, and [Josh] Taylor,” said Cora. 

As for the regulars, more of them begin making appearances on Sunday.

“I think Nunie [Eduardo Nuñez], [Brock] Holt, [Rafael] Devers, Benny [Andrew Benintendi], they might show up on Sunday most likely,” Cora said. “Mookie [Betts] will be in the split-squad (Wednesday). Mitch [Moreland] might be Sunday, [Steve] Pearce will be in both games actually Monday and Tuesday because he has a house up there, so we’ll make sure the ticket sales go up and he’ll be around. Yeah, I mean little by little we’ll make sure they start getting their at-bats.”

The Red Sox will follow up Friday’s matchup vs Northeastern with a game against the Yankees on Saturday at JetBlue Park. No lineup was revealed for that one, but the pitchers likely will be Carson Smith, Marcus Walden, Travis Lakens, Erasmo Ramirez, and “some hard-thrower from the minor leagues that’s going to shock everybody,” per Cora.

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