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David Price scheduled to face Yankees on Sunday Night Baseball

Rob Bradford
July 25, 2018 - 7:32 pm

BALTIMORE -- The Red Sox have their new starter and their rotation's schedule.

Alex Cora has decided to slot in newly-acquired Nathan Eovaldi to face the Twins at Fenway Park Sunday afternoon, marking his debut in a Red Sox uniform. Drew Pomeranz will remain in the rotation, going up against Philadelphia Tuesday.

What that does is line up David Price to get another crack at the Yankees on Sunday Night Baseball.

For the much-anticipated four-game series vs. New York at Fenway Park, Chris Sale will pitch the first game followed by Rick Porcello, Eovaldi and, finally, Price.

Brian Johnson will head back to the bullpen for the time being, with the Red Sox leaving the open the possibility of integrating Pomeranz or even Eovaldi into the relief corps at some point.

"We're comfortable with the schedule and where we're at," Cora said. "We'll play this week and then we'll make a decision who's going to start the first game in Toronto (Aug. 7, immediately after the Yankees' series)."

Another interesting aspect of the schedule is Eovaldi's match-up with the Twins, who torched the righty for eight runs in 2 2/3 innings on July 13.

"I saw that. So that's why he's pitching on Sunday. So he's due to pitch well against them," Cora joked. "No, it just happens I guess. They put some good swings, the lefties especially. But before that he was outstanding against lefties. They were hitting like  .170 against him and all of a sudden that happens. One thing about trades and all that, you come into a new program and we have our own way to pitch. Of course, we're going to try to stay with his strength and all that, but defensively, probably we do things differently. Game preparation or pitch recommendation is probably a little bit different, although they do an outstanding job in Tampa. So we'll see. We'll see how it works and go from there."