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Red Sox tab Rick Porcello to start on Opening Day

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Red Sox manager John Farrell told Rick Porcello he would get the Opening Day start, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.

The Red Sox acquired five-time All-Star Chris Sale from the White Sox back in December, but Porcello is the defending American League Cy Young Award winner. The right-hander led the majors with 22 wins along with a 3.15 ERA and a 189/32 K/BB ratio over 223 innings.

Porcello will be the fourth different pitcher to start on Opening Day in as many years. It’s his first career Opening Day start.

Video: Albert Almora, Jr. lays out to make a great catch in deep right-center field

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Cubs center fielder Albert Almora, Jr. robbed Giants first baseman Brandon Belt of at least a double in the top of the first inning of Monday’s game at Wrigley Field. Almora completely left his feet to catch the ball before landing just shy of the warning track.

The Giants took the early lead two batters prior to Belt’s at-bat as Joe Panik hit a solo home run to center field.

Anibal Sanchez accepts optional assignment to Triple-A

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The Tigers announced on Monday that pitcher Anibal Sanchez has accepted an optional assignment to Triple-A Toledo. Pitcher Warwick Saupold was recalled from Toledo to take Sanchez’s roster spot.

Sanchez, 33, continued to struggle this season pitching out of the bullpen. He gave up 26 runs (21 earned) on 34 hits and nine walks with 22 strikeouts in 21 innings. Nine of those 34 hits were home runs. Sanchez finished the 2015 season with a 4.99 ERA and last season with a 5.87 ERA, so he’s had a rough go of it in recent years.

The decision to go to Triple-A was Sanchez’s, Anthony Fenech of the Free Press reports. Sanchez wants to be stretched out as a starting pitcher again.