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Alex Cora announces first 3 starters for ALDS

Rob Bradford
September 30, 2018 - 7:46 pm

It wasn't surprising news, but at least it was some sort of formal announcement regarding the Red Sox' upcoming American League Division Series.

After his team's 108th win of the season -- a regular-season-ending, 10-2 win over the Yankees -- Alex Cora revealed that Chris Sale and David Price would pitch Game 1 and 2 of the ALDS, respectively, both coming at Fenway Park. The best-of-five series will kick off Friday, with the second game the next day.

The one bit of intriguing was involving the Game 3 starter, which Cora said will be Rick Porcello. That contest will be held in either New York or Oakland Monday. The Sox' manager wasn't ready to commit to a Game 4 starting pitcher, which would seemingly be either Nathan Eovaldi or Eduardo Rodriguez.

"I think it's like anything else where I've had some extra days in between starts," Porcello said after pitching the first two innings of Sunday's win, in which he only allowed one walk, facing seven batters. "I'll hash out the days that I feel comfortable throwing bullpens and make sure everything is in line to maximize my preparation for that start."

In 12 starts against the Yankees since joining the Red Sox Porcello is 6-5 with a 2.62 ERA. This season he has totaled a 2.31 ERA with a .143 batting average against vs. New York, giving up five runs over 5 1/3 innings in his only Yankee Stadium start.

With the Red Sox Porcello has pitched in Oakland just twice, allowing three runs over five innings in 2015, and claiming a victory in 2016 after giving up just two runs over seven frames. His only meeting with the A's this season resulted in a loss in which the righty five runs in six innings on May 14 at Fenway Park.