Red Sox name Clay Buchholz as Opening Day starter

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According to Sean McAdam of CSN New England, the Red Sox have named right-hander Clay Buchholz as their Opening Day starter. Rick Porcello will follow him and then the rest is to be determined.

Buchholz has had a very up and down career, posting a 1.74 ERA across 16 starts in 2013 but then a 5.34 ERA across 28 starts in 2014. Boston needs him to pitch like an ace in 2015 because a rotation that goes Buchholz, Porcello and then probably Wade Miley, Justin Masterson, and Joe Kelly isn’t all that impressive.

Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife gives birth

Zack Wheeler miss starts
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Per The Athletic’s Matt Gelb, Phillies starter Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife goes into labor and gives birth to their first child, expected to be later this month. Wheeler, in fact, is not sure if he will return to play at all once their child is born.

Wheeler said, “We just have to see how things are here at the field and at the stadium. I’m happy with what I see so far. But things could change, especially once our baby’s born. I always think about what’s going on around me. Is it safe? Is it OK? Literally every single day. I have to just ask myself that. I’m going to continue to keep asking myself that every day.”

Wheeler, 30, inked a five-year, $118 million contract with the Phillies in December. He is slated for the No. 2 spot in the rotation behind Aaron Nola. Last season, with the Mets, Wheeler posted a 3.96 ERA with 195 strikeouts and 50 walks over 195 1/3 innings.

The No. 5 spot in the Phillies’ rotation is currently up for grabs between Nick Pivetta, Vince Velasquez, Ranger Suárez, and prospect Spencer Howard. One of the remaining three could fill in for Wheeler when he needs time off, temporarily or otherwise.