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.