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Nathan Eovaldi will start Game 3 for Red Sox

Nathan Eovaldi will start Game 3 for Red Sox

Red Sox manager Alex Cora confirmed following Sunday night's Game 2 ALCS win over the Astros that righthander Nathan Eovaldi will get the start Tuesday night for Game 3, in Houston.

Cora didn't name a Game 3 starter prior to tonight's game, and suggested that either Eovaldi or fellow starter Rick Porcello could make a relief appearance in tonight's game. Porcello, the former Cy Young winner, came out of the bullpen to throw a brilliant eighth inning to aid the Red Sox' cause in their 7-5 win, virtually assuring Eovaldi would get the next start.

Eovaldi, a Houston native, was masterful in his first playoff start for the Red Sox, allowing just one earned run and inducing 13 ground balls, with five strikeouts, over seven innings as Boston blew out the New York Yankees, 16-1, in Game 3 of the ALDS at Yankee Stadium.

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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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Ryan Brasier returns to Red Sox camp; caution is key with infected toe

Ryan Brasier returns to Red Sox camp; caution is key with infected toe

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Red Sox reliever Ryan Brasier is back with the team in Fort Myers after heading to Boston to get his infected pinky toe checked out.

The infection was on Brasier’s right foot, not the left one he was bothered by last August.

Thursday morning, Brasier explained why the team sent him to Boston instead of getting the toe looked at in Florida.

“I think they wanted me to go see somebody that they can keep in a little bit better contact with than down here,” he said. “They wanted me to get it looked at by their guys.”

Brasier says neither he or doctors know what caused the infection, and the team is being cautious before letting the right-hander take the mound.

“They’ve already said they want to wait until it gets pretty much cleared out before I start pitching and stuff again,” said Brasier. just a day at a time.”

A breakout star out of the Red Sox bullpen last year, Brasier is a candidate to fill the void at closer left by Craig Kimbrel.

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