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Red Sox name Rick Porcello as Opening Day starter

Boston Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello will be the Opening Day starter, manager John Farrell announced Wednesday.

What It Means:

This means Chris Sale will not be first to the mound for Boston. Porcello was the Cy Young Award winner in 2016, going 22-4 with a 3.15 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 21.2 strikeout percentage across 223 innings (27g games).

The 28-year-old right-hander is expected to record a 3.85 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 20.0 strikeout percentage across 196 1/3 innings next season with a 16-10 record.