Watch as Adam Jones robs Evan Longoria of a home run with a leaping catch before throwing out Matt Joyce to complete a double play:
Pretty much everything went the Orioles’ way this evening, as they trounced the Rays 9-1 at Camden Yards in Baltimore. They hit five homers, including back-to-back-to-back shots from Delmon Young, J.J. Hardy, and Chris Davis in the fifth inning. Meanwhile, Chris Tillman allowed an unearned run over seven innings in the victory. After snapping a three-game losing streak, the first-place Orioles now sit at 74-55 on the year. The Rays are now 64-67 and find themselves on the fringe of playoff contention.
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.