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Rick Porcello could pitch out of bullpen again in Game 2 vs. Yankees

Ryan Hannable
October 06, 2018 - 5:52 pm

Red Sox manager Alex Cora went against the grain and used Game 3 starter Rick Porcello in the eighth inning of Friday's Game 1 over the Yankees, and it potentially could happen again in Game 2 Saturday.

Speaking prior to the game, Cora noted how every game is so crucial in a five-game series and he will do whatever it takes to win, even if that means using his Game 3 starter out of the bullpen again.

"One thing for sure, we're trying to win every game that we can," he said. "We'll see where we're at in the bullpen. We trust our guys. I think Ryan [Brasier], yesterday, he got his feet wet so hopefully tonight he's more relaxed and he can throw that fastball up in the zone and get swings and misses. For how bad he was, quote-unquote, [Matt] Barnes did an outstanding job. Bases loaded no outs and he was good. They didn't throw too many pitches so we count on them.

"Hopefully David [Price] can go six, seven, eight, nine, and we move on. Rick [Porcello] and Nate [Nathan Eovaldi], they know there's a chance. As of now it's Rick, but there's a chance Nate might start [Game 3] depending on what happens today."

Porcello throwing an inning Friday wasn't exactly a huge deal since it was his normal side day for a Monday start.

The Red Sox bullpen struggled mightily to hold a 5-0 lead Friday night in relief of Chris Sale, but after allowing two runs in 3 1/3 innings it was able to escape with a win.

Porcello getting the first two outs in the eighth before departing for Craig Kimbrel was a major reason why, and it appears Cora won't be afraid of doing something like it again. 

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