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[October 20, 2018]
Boston ace Chris Sale will start
the opening game of the World Series on Tuesday, Red Sox manager
Alex Cora said Friday during a radio interview.
The left-hander was scratched from his second start in the American
League Championship Series against the Houston Astros due to a
stomach illness. Sale last pitched in Saturday's Game 1 loss to
Cora said that left-hander David Price, who pitched superbly in
Thursday's Game 5 ALCS-clinching win over Houston, probably will
start Game 2.
Cora said he wants to see who his team will face in the World Series
before making the Game 2 starter official. The Los Angeles Dodgers
hold a 3-2 edge over the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League
Championship Series heading into Friday's Game 6.
--Major League Baseball announced the schedule for the 2018 World
Series, which will begin Tuesday night at Fenway Park in Boston.
With 108 wins during the regular season, the Red Sox led the majors
in victories and earned home-field advantage for the World Series.
The first two games will take place in Boston on Tuesday and
Wednesday, with the best-of-seven series then shifting to either
Milwaukee or Los Angeles for Game 3 on Friday and Game 4 on
Saturday. Game 5, if necessary, will take place at the same venue
Sunday, with the series shifting back to Boston for two more
potential games on Oct. 30-31.
--Joe Girardi has withdrawn his name from consideration for the
managerial job of the Cincinnati Reds, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal
According to a tweet from Rosenthal, Girardi had been Cincinnati's
top choice to replace interim skipper Jim Riggleman, who captained
the team after the firing of Bryan Price 18 games into last season.
Rosenthal reported that Girardi, who turned 54 last Sunday, plans to
remain as an analyst for the MLB Network for the time being, but
that he wants to manage again in the future. He led the Florida
Marlins in the 2006 season, then managed the New York Yankees from
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Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (41) pitches during the first
inning against the Houston Astros in game one of the 2018 ALCS
playoff baseball series at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob
DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
--San Francisco Giants principal owner Charles B. Johnson released a
statement denouncing a controversial ad released by a super PAC that
he donated money to.
Johnson, who is believed to own the largest stake in the Giants,
gave $1,000 to Black Americans for the President's Agenda, a super
PAC based in North Carolina. According to financial disclosures, the
donation was made this summer.
The group released an ad in Arkansas that features two women
implying Democrats could bring back lynchings if African American
voters don't support Republican congressman French Hill as he runs
for re-election opposite Democrat Clarke Tucker.
--Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Joe Musgrove underwent surgery to
repair an injury to his abdominal wall, the team announced, saying
that he likely would be recovered adequately to report to spring
Musgrove's season ended with two starts left to go in late September
because of an abdominal wall muscle strain and a stress reaction to
his pelvic bone. The 25-year-old started 19 games for the Pirates in
2018, posting a 6-9 record with a 4.06 ERA. He struck out 100
batters in 115 1/3 innings.
At the time, the Pirates said Musgrove's injuries required rest, but
the pitcher said surgery was a possibility. In their team statement,
the Pirates said re-examinations showed "less than the desired
amount of clinical healing," and surgery was determined to be the
best course of action for recovery for the 2019 season.
--Field Level Media
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