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Red Sox to activate Chris Sale on Tuesday


After serving a five-week stint on the disabled list, Red Sox southpaw Chris Sale is finally ready to take the mound again. He’s tabbed to start for the club during Tuesday’s series opener against the Blue Jays and will be limited to a maximum 40 pitches across the first two innings, manager Alex Cora told reporters Friday. Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi is currently scheduled to follow Sale on Tuesday and will pitch several innings of relief.

From there, Sale is expected to take on an additional inning per start as he ramps up to a full workload again, with the eventual goal of tossing 6-7 innings and around 100 pitches. The 29-year-old lefty has struggled to overcome a recurring case of mild inflammation in his left shoulder and hasn’t pitched more than five innings at the major league level since the end of July. That’s not to say he’s struggled to deliver results: During his last start, a 4-1 win over the Orioles on August 12, he threw 68 pitches over five scoreless, one-hit innings and whiffed 12 of 16 batters faced.

Prior to his diagnosis, Sale collected his seventh straight All-Star nomination after pitching to an 11-4 record in 22 starts with a 2.04 ERA, 2.1 BB/9, and 13.2 SO/9 through 141 innings. Following his pristine start in mid-August, he bumped his ERA down to a cool 1.97, second-lowest in the league behind the Mets’ Jacob deGrom.

Video: Nolan Arenado collects 200th career home run

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The Rockies fell 9-6 to the Orioles on Saturday, but the loss wasn’t without its bright spots. Case in point: Third baseman Nolan Arenado passed a significant career milestone on an Andrew Cashner fastball in the third inning, slugging the ball a projected 394 feet into the left field stands for his 200th career home run.

Arenado is the 34th active player to join the 200+ homer club and the first to do so since the Braves’ Freddie Freeman crossed that threshold on May 19. The three-run shot was the infielder’s 14th of the season and third since Friday, when he went deep twice against Orioles rookie John Means and reliever Shawn Armstrong. Following Saturday’s performance, he’s batting a robust .333/.377/.632 with 30 extra-base hits, 42 RBI, and a 1.009 OPS through 220 plate appearances.

He isn’t the only Rockies slugger making history, either. Arenado’s feat trailed that of Trevor Story, who clobbered an 0-2 pitch from Armstrong during the seventh inning of Friday’s 8-6 win. The two-run blast was his 100th home run in 448 career games, making him the fastest shortstop to reach the mark in MLB history.

The Rockies will vie for the series win as they round out the series on Sunday, with right-hander German Márquez scheduled to take the bump against fellow righty David Hess at 3:10 PM EDT.