Shane Victorino could be cleared to return tomorrow


Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino could be activated from the 15-day disabled list before the second game of tomorrow’s double-header, according to Peter Abraham. Victorino has been dealing with a strained left hamstring and hasn’t played since May 20 as a result. Recently, he has been rehabbing with Triple-A Pawtucket.

The Sox signed Victorino to a three-year, $39 million free agent contract back in December. He is sitting on a paltry .705 OPS. Along with the injury, it has not been the first year of the contract the team envisioned when they brought him on board.

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.