Red Sox manager Alex Cora announced Boston’s starting pitcher for Game 5 of the World Series — and it came as a surprise to many.
Cora said Saturday after the Red Sox’s 9-6 victory of the Dodgers that David Price will start for the Red Sox on Sunday. But it was announced earlier in the day that Chris Sale would be the Game 5 starter.
“We talked about it before the game and this is a good spot for David, in a National League park to start a game,” Cora told reporters. “Obviously he’s been throwing the ball well. It’s not that we’re playing with the lead, but we feel that for the team, for where we’re at pitching-wise it’s good for — to go with David. We talked about it the whole day and we decided, I just talked to Chris and David, and that’s what we’re going to do.”
Cora said Sale is healthy and will be available to play if needed, but he informed the players after Game 5 of the change.
When asked how Sale took the news, Cora said: “Excellent.”
The decision gives the Red Sox an extra two days to rest Sale in case the series goes to Game 6, though if Price pitches as strong as he has been — the series may not go to six games.
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Price started Game 2 on Wednesday and threw 88 pitches over six innings. He then threw 13 pitches in a relief appearance in Game 3.
Red Sox leads the series 3-1 with Game 5 of the World Series scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET Sunday.
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