Josh Hamilton, who got the day off yesterday at his own request, and whose manager called him out for his recent lack of production, is getting another day off today.
It’s unclear if this is a benching, a self-benching or if he’s banged up, but Howie Kendrick is batting cleanup and Brennan Boesch is playing left field. Hamilton will have had five of eight days off total after today. So if he is hurt, you have to figure it’s close to time that he hits the DL, as he’s had enough time to figure out if he can play through whatever it is.
And really, Angels fans are probably hoping its physical as opposed to anything else.
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.