BOSTON — Chris Sale comes off the disabled list to start

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    for the Boston Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday at Fenway Park.But don’t get excited — Sale will just be working as what is now called Nick Castellanos Jersey , “the opener,” pitching the first two innings before departing.“Two the first time, hopefully three the second time, then keep going,” Rays manager Alex Cora said. “And then the last one, whenever it is, like a full-go, six or seven innings and 100 pitches.”Article continues below …Nathan Eovaldi, who has been struggling, will get the long work behind Sale, whose bid for a first Cy Young Award appears to be have been erased by the lack of work.Rookie left-hander Ryan Borucki works for the Jays, who come in after a win Sunday in Cleveland and are playing out the string — using young players amid talk that manager John Gibbons will not return in 2019.Mookie Betts is 5-for-5 with three triples and a double against Borucki. Eduardo Nunez is 3-for-5 (.600), and J.D. Martinez and Brock Holt both 2-for-6 (.333). One of Martinez’s hits was a home run.The current Red Sox roster is a cumulative 17-for-41 (.415) against Borucki.Sale is 12-4 with a 1.97 ERA. He has thrown 28 straight scoreless innings and had 10-plus strikeouts in seven of his last eight starts http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-james-mccann-jersey , averaging 15.88 Ks per nine innings during that span.He hasn’t pitched since Aug. 12, when he returned to the DL after making one return start because of left shoulder inflammation.He has thrown five innings since July 27.The injury is not thought to be serious, but combined with Sale’s history of being ineffective late in seasons — including a poor start in last year’s American League Division Series, it is a concern.The Red Sox, who have won 98 games (49 home, 49 road) — salvaged the finale of a three-game series with the Houston Astros, winning Sunday night’s game in what could be a postseason preview (a rematch of 2017?). The win lowered Boston’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot to one and to win the AL East to 12.“That was awesome,” said Boston pitcher Rick Porcello, who started and couldn’t take advantage of a 5-1 lead to get a no-decision. “Good ballclub over there, especially avoiding the sweep, especially the way we did it. It’s a good win for us; we needed it.”The Red Sox have gone 12-4 against the Blue Jays this season, including 6-1 at Fenway.The last time he faced the Blue Jays was May 11, when Sale struck out 15 in a nine-inning no-decision. He is 5-4 with a 2.83 ERA lifetime against Toronto.Borucki faces the Red Sox for the third time this season and the results have not been good. He has worked eight innings Shane Greene Jersey , yielding 17 hits and 11 runs (eight earned).Borucki had quality starts in eight of his 13 times on the mound since his recall in late June.The Jays (65-78) have split their last 10 games and gone 10-9 in their last 19.Toronto’s Randal Grichuk avoided a concussion when he collided with a security guard’s chair Sunday in Toronto. He is day to day after tests came back negative.“They took him in to get X-rays and the concussion thing,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said after the game. “He was conscious. I don’t think he blacked out, to be honest with you. “I don’t know that, but I saw him in the clubhouse between innings, and he was grinning and laughing a little bit, so that’s a good sign.”Said Gibbons: “He’s a pretty boy, man. You don’t want to hurt that face.” OAKLAND, Calif. — The Seattle Mariners will hope veteran right-hander Mike Leake continues his fine pitching against the Oakland Athletics when the two American League wild-card hopefuls meet for a second consecutive day on Friday night.The third-place Mariners (75-59) gained a game on the A’s (80-55) in the series opener when Wade LeBlanc rode a five-run first inning to a 7-1 victory that inched Seattle within 4 1/2 games in the battle for second place both in the AL West and AL wild-card race.The A’s not only lost a game to the Mariners but failed to gain ground in their pursuit of first place in the West and the top spot in the wild-card race after Houston (82-52) and the New York Yankees (84-50) had lost earlier in the evening.Article continues below …Oakland will take the field Friday still 2 1/2 games behind the Astros and 4 1/2 back of the Yankees.Both the A’s and Mariners took the field for the series opener coming off losses, with the Mariners having dropped three in a row, including two straight at San Diego, while the A’s were only a little more than 24 hours removed from an emotional walk-off loss at Houston.A’s manager Bob Melvin noted after Thursday’s loss that Wednesday’s defeat in Houston — in fact, the entire three games against the Astros during which Oakland suffered two close setbacks — played a role in the club’s opener of a nine-game homestand.“That last series took a lot out of us,” Melvin said. “That’s no excuse Sparky Anderson Jersey , but I saw a little (fatigue) today. Just one of those tough nights.”Leake (8-8, 4.03 ERA) has faced the A’s three times this season, with the Mariners winning all three, 7-4, 3-2 and 2-0. He did not get a decision in any of the wins despite allowing a total of just five runs and 15 hits in 20 2/3 innings.The 30-year-old has a 1-1 record and 2.50 ERA in six career starts against the A’s.Leake has been especially tough this season on A’s All-Star Jed Lowrie, holding him hitless in nine at-bats with two strikeouts.Oakland will pitch a veteran right-hander of its own, Mike Fiers (10-6, 3.15), who will be looking to remain unbeaten for the A’s in a fifth consecutive start since being acquired from Detroit.Fiers pitched Oakland to a 3-2 win at Seattle earlier this month, allowing two runs and six hits in six innings.It raised the 33-year-old’s lifetime record in seven starts against the Mariners to 2-1 with a 5.66 ERA, marks that include a 7-2 loss in May as a member of the Tigers.Jean Segura and Ben Gamel both homered off Fiers in that game.Segura was scratched from Thursday’s starting lineup because of a bruised left shin suffered when he fouled a pitch off his leg Wednesday in San Diego. He is expected to return sometime during the remainder of the series.Robinson Cano has been tough on Fiers in the past, going 5-for-14 (.357) with a double and two home runs.

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