Mike Scioscia is considering using a three-man rotation in the ALDS


Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times is reporting that Angels manager Mike Scioscia is contemplating going to a three-man rotation in the American League Division Series. That would obviously include Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, and Matt Shoemaker (assuming he returns as expected from a mild oblique injury).

The Halos’ rotation beyond those three isn’t terribly appetizing. For the fourth spot, Scioscia would be choosing between Hector Santiago and Wade LeBlanc. Though Santiago has posted a 3.55 ERA, he has barely averaged five innings per start. LeBlanc pitched well against the Mariners yesterday, but it was only his second start of the season.

Scioscia is just thinking about the idea now; nothing is set in stone. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him go through with it, though.

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.