The Red Sox swapped their red socks for Kelly green at spring training Sunday.
As Boston celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a parade, the local club faced the Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays in two split-squad matchups. Alex Cora and Co. were decked out in appropriate attire from head to toe for the holiday — the manager even wore green shoes.
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David Price was scratched from his scheduled Grapefruit League start against the Rays because of illness. Brian Johnson got the ball in his place, backed by a lineup that included Rafael Devers, J.D. Martinez, and Xander Bogaerts.
As for the rotation going forward, Cora named his Opening Day starter: Chris Sale will take the hill for the second straight year. The announcement came a day after Sale’s sparkling performance Saturday (zero runs, two hits, seven strikeouts). The manager noted the decision was “very simple,” but Sale said the difference between the pitchers on Boston’s staff are negligible.
“You could literally flip a five-headed coin and whichever one is going to be fine” Sale said, according to The Boston Herald. “I appreciate the fact that I’m the one he chose to start on Opening Day. At the same time, that doesn’t take away from anyone else in our rotation. I think at the end of the year, when the dust settles, it’s going to be pretty close all around.”
Sale added an emerald mustache to his Sox hat for the occasion.