Red Sox officially announce Opening Day starter

Ryan Hannable
March 17, 2019 - 7:53 am

It's official, Chris Sale will start for the Red Sox on Opening Day in Seattle.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora made the announcement Sunday morning when speaking to reporters in Fort Myers.

“Very easy. Yeah. Very easy," he said. "What he did last year, obviously he didn’t pitch towards the end, we took care of him and he pitched every Game 1 in the playoffs. He was having a Cy Young season. You saw him yesterday. He looks pretty good. it was very simple.”

This will be Sale's second Opening Day start for the Red Sox.

As for the order of the rest of the rotation, Cora is not ready to say.

“There’s no rush," he said. "I think everybody is where they should be as far as pitches and innings and strength. We just have to make sure everybody stays on a program and then we’ll make decisions.”

In two seasons with the Red Sox, Sale is 29-12 with a 2.56 ERA.

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