Manny Acta will be back in 2013


The Indians season has turned brutal. They’ve lost nine in a row, are 6-17 since the break and have gone from being in first place as late as June 23 to nine and a half back of the division leading White Sox and have seemingly no hope in sight.

But if anyone is being blamed for this state of affairs, it’s not Manny Acta:

Hard to blame him for what’s happening. It was a roster that performed better than it’s native talent level should have for much of the season and now — especially the pitching staff — is being exposed. There’s no clubhouse strife here. Just a blah team being blah. In that situation, changing the manager doesn’t do a heck of a lot of good

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.