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David Price officially named Game 2 starter

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We already knew that Chris Sale will pitch for the Red Sox in Game 1. Now Alex Cora has met with the press and officially announced that David Price will start Game 2 of the World Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

Price tossed six scoreless innings in his Game 5 start against the Astros last week to pitch the Red Sox into the World Series, relying heavily on his changeup. Some people wondered if Price might be held until Game 3 where he’d be guaranteed the warmer temperatures of Dodger Stadium, but really, wouldn’t everyone prefer that?

Game 3’s starter is still up in he air. It will either be Rick Porcello or Nathan Eovaldi, but given that each of them have been used in relief at various times this postseason, Cora will likely wait to see who will be the fresher come Friday.

Bryce Harper played some third base in an intrasquad game

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Phillies star outfielder Bryce Harper played some third base during Monday’s intrasquad game at Citizens Bank Park, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Harper had been pestering manager Joe Girardi for the opportunity and the skipper finally gave in.

Girardi told Harper, “No diving. And make sure your arm is loose.” Harper had the opportunity to field one ball, a grounder to his left and he made the play perfectly.

Why put Harper at third base? Girardi said, “I think it’s important the guys have fun. I saw him a week ago taking ground balls there and I was impressed. His hands worked well out front and he threw the ball across the field well. I told him, ‘You look good there.'”

Despite the solid showing, don’t expect Harper to show up at third base in a meaningful game anytime soon. That being said, the Phillies’ second and third base situations are still not cemented. Jean Segura will likely open the season at the hot corner with Scott Kingery at second, but things could change between now and Opening Day in 10 days.

Harper, 27, is coming off a solid first season with the Phillies. He hit .260/.372/.510 with 36 doubles, 35 home runs, 114 RBI, 98 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases across 682 plate appearances. Per FanGraphs, Harper’s 4.6 Wins Above Replacement ranked 16th in the National League. For some people, those numbers weren’t nearly good enough, so the expectations remain high as Harper enters year two of his 13-year, $330 million contract.