Chris Sale named Red Sox Opening Day starter

Chris Sale.

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Chris Sale will start for the Red Sox on Opening Day, manager Alex Cora making the long-anticipated announcement on Sunday.

Sale will face the Seattle Mariners on March 28 at T-Mobile Park. It was, as you would expect, an easy decision for Cora.

“Very easy,’’ he said. “What he did last year — obviously he didn’t pitch towards the end, we took care of him — he pitched every Game 1 in the playoffs; he was having a Cy Young season. It was very simple.’’