BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on the World Series (all times local):
Ted Barrett has been picked as the umpire crew chief for the World Series. This will be the fourth Series assignment for Barret.
Tim Timmons will call balls and strikes for Game 1 Tuesday night between the Red Sox and Dodgers. The rest of the crew includes regular-season crew chiefs Fieldin Culbreth and Jeff Nelson, along with Kerwin Danley, Chad Fairchild and Jim Reynolds.
Culbreth will be the replay official for the first two games, then switch places with Timmons. Umpire Chris Conroy will be the replay assistant.
This World Series is making history even before it starts.
Boston’s Alex Cora and Los Angeles’ Dave Roberts are the first minority managers to face each other in the Series. Cora, who is from Puerto Rico, is already the first minority manager in Red Sox history.
Roberts was asked about it on the workout day Monday, and he said he doesn’t spend a lot of time thinking about it but he is glad to see progress has been made.
“It’s special,” he said. “It’s not about myself or Alex, and just to see the minorities get opportunities and perform and do well, I think that that gives opportunities for others.”
It also creates a responsibility, he said.
“Do things the right way and to be good leaders,” Roberts said. “Up to this point, I think we’ve done a pretty good job.”
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu will start Game 2 of the World Series, followed by righty Walker Buehler in Game 3.
Ace Clayton Kershaw had already been announced for the opener on Tuesday night, facing Boston’s Chris Sale.
Ryu was 7-3 with a 1.97 ERA in the regular season. He pitched seven scoreless innings in the NL Division Series and made two starts in the NLCS against Milwaukee — one a Dodgers win and also taking the loss in Game 6. He will face Boston lefty David Price.
Buehler was 8-5 with a 2.62 ERA in the regular season, and he also went 4 2/3 innings, allowing just one run, in the NLCS clincher against the Brewers.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora understands the enduring popularity in Boston of Los Angeles counterpart Dave Roberts.
Roberts pinch ran and stole second base against the New York Yankees in the ninth inning of the 2004 AL Championship Series, then scored the tying run on Bill Mueller’s single. The Red Sox won in 12 innings, became the first major league team to overcome a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-seven postseason series and swept St. Louis for their first title since 1918.
“Now he comes here and he makes a lot of money signing autographs,” Cora said Monday, a day ahead of Boston’s World Series opener against the Dodgers. “I know he puts ‘The greatest stolen base in the history of the game.” He makes a lot of money in an hour. Probably he’s making money right now.”
Manager Alex Cora says David Price will start Game 2 of the World Series for the Boston Red Sox, following Chris Sale to the mound against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Price was the winner in the AL Championship Series clincher against Houston. It was his first postseason victory in 12 career starts. Cora is sticking with the left-hander for Wednesday night’s game.
Clayton Kershaw is in line to start Game 1 for the Dodgers.
It’s looking to be cold for Game 1 of the World Series, but at least the Red Sox and Dodgers will probably avoid the rain.
Forecasts for Tuesday night call for the temperature to be around 50 for the 8:09 p.m. first pitch. It will cool off during the game to the high 40s. There is a 50-50 chance of rain during the afternoon, but it is expected to pass by game time.
Wednesday night’s second game is expected to be about five degrees colder. The series then moves to Los Angeles where the teams can expect it to be hot and sunny.
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