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#pounditWednesday, October 4, 2023

Sale, Price, Porcello offered to start Game 4 for Red Sox

Rick Porcello

The Boston Red Sox certainly have a selfless group of starting pitchers.

An 18-inning marathon in Game 3 of the World Series left the team in a bind as to who would start Saturday’s Game 4, as scheduled starter Nate Eovaldi ended up throwing six innings of relief. It turns out that all three of Boston’s starting pitchers volunteered to start, including Game 3 starter Rick Porcello.

Porcello threw 61 pitches in Game 3, while Price would be pitching in the third consecutive game and starting his second in three. That was never going to happen, and the Red Sox need Sale for Game 5, so all three were turned down in favor of Eduardo Rodriguez.

The Red Sox have used their starters somewhat unconventionally this postseason. There’s a limit to just how much they’ll risk with their regular starters, though.


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