Rough night for the Astros

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Yeah, I know they won, but their players were dropping like flies.
First Roy Oswalt had to leave with back trouble, and then his
replacement, Wesley Wright, had to be rushed to the hospital because “he was experiencing discomfort in the area around his appendix.” It was later downgraded to simple dehydration. Either way, I think we can probably excuse him now for walking five guys and giving up three runs on three hits.

In other news, fellow Astro LaTroy Hawkins has shingles.
Between all of this and Vicente Padilla’s swine flu, I think it’s high
time we quarantine every ballplayer from the State of Texas.

Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

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No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.

Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.

Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.