World Series 2018: Rick Porcello will start Game 3 for Red Sox

Red Sox manager Alex Cora named Rick Porcello as Boston’s starter for Game 3 of the World Series on Friday and will be opposed by Dodgers right-hander Walker Buehler.

Cora waited until after the Red Sox’s 4-2 victory over the Dodgers in Game 2 to make his decision. 

“You never know,” Cora told reporters Wednesday. “Like I’ve been saying all along, we’re all-in every day. If we feel there’s a chance to close the door with them, we’ll use him. The way it’s mapped out, it’s Rick in Game 3 and maybe Nate in Game 4. But Nate might come in in the eighth again. If we have a chance to be up 3-0 with him on the mound, and then [Craig Kimbrel], we’ll do it. And then we’ll figure out Game 4.

“That’s the beauty of the playoffs. It’s actually fun because you map out everything over 162 games and you give guys rest and take care of guys, but now it’s like pedal to the metal. And whatever happens that day, we’ll take it. He’s been amazing for us.”

Porcello is 1-0 with a 5.00 ERA in two starts this postseason. He had a strong showing in Game 4 of the ALDS against the Yankees in which he allowed one run over five innings. Porcello, however, had a tougher time against the Astros in Game 4 of the ALCS. He gave up seven hits, four runs and two homers.

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“I’m looking forward to the opportunity,” Porcello said Wednesday (via “That’s a good ballclub over there. They’re versatile, and I’m ready for the challenge.”

Porcello will be up against Dodgers’ Buehler, who had a 2.62 ERA in 24 games this year. But Buehler has a 5.40 ERA in three postseason starts.

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