The Reds-Phillies game starts at 5:07 P.M. today. The forecast: 61 degrees and a 30% chance of rain.
The Yankees-Twins game starts at 8:37 P.M. this evening. The forecast 60 degrees and a 0% chance of rain.
The Rangers-Rays game will be played in a soulless, climate-controlled dome, thereby rendering it the worst conditions of all three games.
The upshot: we should get all three baseball games in today, no problem.
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.