BOSTON (CBS) — For his first time as a member of the Red Sox, Chris Sale will get the ball for the Red Sox on Opening Day.
Sale will toe the rubber when Boston opens their 2018 season against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Red Sox manager Alex Cora announced on Tuesday. It should come as no surprise, as Sale went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and led the league with 308 strikeouts in 2017.
In addition to Sale going on Opening Day, Cora announced that David Price and Rick Porcello will follow in the rotation. Brian Johnson has been tabbed for Boston’s fifth game of the season against the Marlins in Miami, leaving the door open for Eduardo Rodriguez to get the start in Game 4.
Sale made his Boston debut last season in the Red Sox’ second game of the season, tossing seven shutout innings and striking out seven against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Fenway Park. He earned a no decision in a 3-0 Boston win.