BOSTON — The Red Sox feel going with two lefties to start the World Series against the Dodgers is the right move.
With LHP Chris Sale over the stomach issues he still, smirkingly, says were caused by a belly button ring and set to start Tuesday night's opener, Sox manager Alex Cora named David Price to start Game 2 on Wednesday.
The former Rays ace changed the narrative about not being able to win a postseason game with a dominant performance in the AL pennant-clinching win over the Astros.
"I definitely enjoy this a little bit more knowing there's a couple questions that I'm not going to have to answer right now,'' Price said.
The Sox have RHPs Nathan Eovaldi (another ex-Ray) and Rick Porcello in line for Games 3 and 4, but Cora said only "we'll see where we're at.'' How Sale, who had two stints on the DL due to shoulder issues, does may impact those decisions.
The Dodgers have LHP Clayton Kershaw going in the opener, pitching in Fenway for the first time, though he was in uniform for a 2010 visit. "Got to at least see it, got to be here, got to appreciate the stadium and things like that,'' he said. "Check this one off as far as pitching (Tuesday), but I don't really think about the history part of it too much, honestly.''
They will follow with a lefty, Hyun-Jin Ryu, with rookie RHP Walker Buehler lined up for Game 3. Manager Dave Roberts said they chose Ryu over Rich Hill because they wanted him to be able to start twice, and they liked Buehler pitching at home.
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Dodgers OF Matt Kemp, 34 and a veteran of 13 seasons in the majors, didn't even try to conceal his excitement over playing in the World Series for the first time, slated to DH in Game 1. "This is amazing,'' he said. "A dream come true. Something I'll remember for the rest of my life.'' … With temperatures not forecast to get out of the 40s, the Dodgers are trying to prepare by adding layers. … Game 1 winners go on to win the Series 62 percent of the time, including 12 of the last 15. … This is the first Series matchup where both managers played for both teams.