The Red Sox will set the tone for the 2018 season with their lefty ace tandem of Chris Sale and David Price.
Sale was officially tabbed by new manager Alex Cora to start Opening Day on March 29 at Tropicana Field against the Rays. This will be the fourth Opening Day start in Sale's career, but his first for the Red Sox.
Price will follow the next day by starting the second game of the four-game series.
And Rick Porcello, the American League's Cy Young Award winner in 2016, draws the assignment in Game 3. The Red Sox are waiting for answers on the readiness of Eduardo Rodriguez, Steven Wright, and Drew Pomeranz before determining who will start the finale of that opening series.
Lefty Brian Johnson could get a chance to at least open the season as the fifth starter on April 2 in Miami against the Marlins.
The way the rotation lines up, Price would start the home opener on April 5 -- also against the Rays.
Unlike last season, when Price opened on the disabled list and didn't pitch until Memorial Day due to left elbow woes, he will be there from the start this season.
The Red Sox are excited to see how far they can go with two of the most accomplished starting pitchers in the game fronting the rotation. Price was only able to make 11 starts in 2017, but is beaming with excitement about his health this year.
Ian Browne | MLB.com