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Red Sox starting pitchers cleared for spring debuts

By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com

Chris Sale, David Price, Nathan Eovaldi, and Rick Porcello are all set to make their spring training debuts in the coming week as the Red Sox cautiously work to get their top four starting pitchers ready for the regular season.

The Red Sox have avoided using their starters in Grapefruit League action up until this point in an attempt to manage their workload. The decision came after the team used Price, Eovaldi, and Porcello heavily in both the rotation and the bullpen last October. Sale, meanwhile, is coming off a shoulder problem that limited him at the end of last season.

Porcello will take the mound on Sunday against the Rays in Port Charlotte. Sale will pitch in a minor league game on Monday. Price will start on Tuesday against the Tigers in Fort Myers and Eovaldi will take the ball on Wednesday against the Twins.

Fifth starter Eduardo Rodriguez threw two scoreless innings against the Mets in his spring debut on Monday.

The Sox open up the regular season on Thursday, March 28 in Seattle.

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