Josh Hamilton says he’s playing at “50 percent” health

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Most of the 75 or so players remaining in this year’s postseason are dealing with some kind of malady, whether it be a major injury or general soreness.

Josh Hamilton may be hurting more than most.

According to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, the 30-year-old outfielder said after Saturday’s 15-5 ALCS Game 6 victory over the Tigers that he’s currently operating at “about 50 percent health.”

Hamilton has been battling a strained groin muscle for the past couple of months and is also carrying a number of other bumps and bruises. He has pledged to continue playing through the discomfort until the end of the Fall Classic, though, and should be helped some by the rest period between now and the start of the World Series on Wednesday evening.

Hamilton has hit .293/.311/.415 with zero home runs in 45 plate appearances this October, but he does have five doubles and seven RBI. The Rangers are getting enough power production from the rest of their lineup.

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.