Chris Sale, who earned his first win of the season on Thursday, will likely switch spots in the starting rotation with Corey Kluber. Carlos Osorio/Associated Press

DETROIT — Red Sox Manager Alex Cora plans to rearrange the order of his starting rotation next week in Tampa Bay.

Garrett Whitlock, who stuck out eight in six innings for the Portland Sea Dogs on Thursday night, will likely making his 2023 debut Tuesday against the Rays.

Cora then plans to flip flop Chris Sale and Corey Kluber.

Kluber pitched one game ahead of Sale in the rotation the first two turns through. But Cora likely will use Sale on Wednesday and Kluber on Thursday.

“We’ll see what we do Tuesday. I want to split (up) some of the righties,” Cora said after Boston’s 6-3 win over the Tigers at Comerica Park on Thursday.

Sale, a lefty, would slot in between the righties, Whitlock and Kluber, moving forward.


Brayan Bello also is nearing a return to the Red Sox starting rotation. He threw 72 pitches over five innings in an extended spring training game Wednesday. He likely will make another rehab start for Worcester on Tuesday, then might rejoin the rotation.

BRAVES: Center fielder Michael Harris II has been placed on the injured list with a lower back strain.

Harris, last season’s NL Rookie of the Year, appeared to be injured as he slid awkwardly while stealing second base in Atlanta’s 7-6 victory over San Diego on Thursday.

Harris also hit the outfield wall in St. Louis on Wednesday while chasing a fly ball, but manager Brian Snitker indicated the injury occurred on the slide.

PHILLIES: Bryce Harper went deep for the Phillies in their home opener. Sort of.

Harper hit batting practice home runs – one more encouraging sign for the National League champions who are struggling in the early going that the two-time NL MVP could return to the lineup much earlier than expected, at the very least well before the All-Star break.


The Phillies have Harper on the 10-day injured list as he recovers from offseason reconstructive elbow surgery rather than the 60-day IL, which would have ruled him out until May 29.

Manager Rob Thomson watched the NLCS MVP take his cuts at Citizens Bank Park about 4 1/2 hours before the Phillies played the Cincinnati Reds. Harper took on-field batting practice earlier this week at Yankee Stadium for the first time since Tommy John surgery last fall.

“It’s not bothering him to swing the bat,” Thomson said.

Thomson said there was still no timeline on Harper’s return and the biggest concern was sliding. There was also no timetable on when Harper could resume throwing.

REDS: Manager David Bell missed Friday’s game because of an undisclosed minor medical procedure.

Bench coach Freddie Benavides was the acting manager against the Philadelphia Phillies.


Benavides has been Bell’s bench coach for five seasons. The Reds are 3-2 and were scheduled to have an off day until Thursday’s game was rained out.

Bell was expected to return to the bench for Saturday’s game.

METS: Touted prospect Francisco Álvarez was recalled by New York from Triple-A Syracuse before their home opener against the Miami Marlins.

Álvarez was brought up to replace fellow catcher Omar Narváez, who was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to April 6, with a strained left calf.


ORIOLES 7, YANKEES 6: Ramón Urías hit a tiebreaking double in the seventh inning, then made a sparkling play at third base in the eighth to help Baltimore outlast New York in the Orioles’ home opener.


Ron Marinaccio (0-1) allowed a leadoff walk in the bottom of the seventh to Ryan Mountcastle, who stole second when Gunnar Henderson took a called third strike. Jimmy Cordero then took the mound and threw a wild pitch before allowing Urías’ double to left-center that made it 6-5.

Urías later scored on Cordero’s second wild pitch of the inning.

Cionel Pérez (1-0) retired the side on five pitches in the seventh, but he allowed a double and two singles to start the eighth. With Baltimore’s lead cut to one and men on first and second, Bryan Baker relieved Pérez. After initially showing bunt, Jose Trevino swung away on a 2-0 pitch and hit a hard grounder that Urías fielded for a 5-3 double play.

TWINS 3, ASTROS 2: Kyle Farmer bounced a bases-loaded single straight up the middle of a drawn-in Houston infield in the 10th inning, giving Minnesota a  victory in its home opener.

After Ryan Pressly struck out all three Twins batters in the ninth and Mauricio Dubón drove in the automatic runner with a 10th-inning single to give the Astros the lead, Ryne Stanek (1-1) lost control with two wild pitches and two walks.

Jose Miranda, who went 3 for 5, tied it with a single after automatic runner Byron Buxton took third on a wild pitch. After Donovan Solano was intentionally walked, Farmer delivered for the sellout crowd of 38,465 on a sunny 49-degree afternoon after the game was delayed a day for better weather.


Twins starter Sonny Gray had a career high with 13 strikeouts in seven innings.

METS 8, MARLINS 3: Tylor Megill pitched six shutout innings, Starling Marte and Francisco Lindor hit their first home runs of the season, and New York Mets beat Miami Marlins  in its home opener.

Miami starter Edward Cabrera (0-1) walked a career-high seven in 2 2/3 innings and was pulled without giving up a hit. New York took advantage of 12 free passes from six Marlins pitchers – four drawn by leadoff batter Brandon Nimmo.

Pete Alonso also homered and drove in two runs for the Mets, who have won four straight home openers and eight of their last nine. They improved to 4-1 against Miami this season and rebounded from a three-game sweep in Milwaukee that completed a 3-4 road trip to start the season.

CUBS 2, RANGERS 0: Marcus Stroman pitched six scoreless innings and Cody Bellinger delivered the go-ahead RBI to help the Cubs blank Texas in Chicago.

Stroman (2-0) struck out six and allowed two hits and three walks a few days after opening the season with a six-inning, eight-strikeout effort.


Texas’ Nathan Eovaldi (1-1) allowed only a walk his first time through the order but the Cubs made the most of it when they got a few hits in the fourth. Dansby Swanson reached on a fielder’s choice and stole second before coming home on Bellinger’s RBI single for what turned out to be all the offense they’d need.

Ian Happ doubled in a run two innings later to chase Eovaldi, who finished with six strikeouts while allowing five hits and a walk.

MARINERS 5, GUARDIANS 3: Julio Rodríguez, the reigning AL Rookie of the Year, hit a tiebreaking two-run homer as Seattle spoiled Cleveland’s home opener.

Rodríguez connected in the sixth inning for the Mariners, who rallied from a 3-0 deficit in their first road game. The 22-year-old Rodríguez hit 28 homers last season while helping Seattle end its 20-year playoff drought.

J.P. Crawford had a pair of RBI doubles off starter Aaron Civale (1-1) for Seattle, which dropped three of four to Cleveland at home last week.

PIRATES 13, WHITE SOX 9: Bryan Reynolds homered and drove in six runs and Pittsburgh celebrated Andrew McCutchen’s homecoming with a win over Chicago.


Reynolds hit a two-run homer in the third and a bases-clearing triple in the fifth. Reynolds popped up and raced home when the relay throw from Chicago second baseman Elvis Andrus skipped by third baseman Yoán Moncada. Reynolds’ five home runs this season are the most by a Pirate through seven games since Hall of Famer Willie Stargell in 1971.

PHILLIES 5, REDS 2: J.T. Realmuto hit a tiebreaking, two-run home run in the seventh inning and Edmundo Sosa added a solo shot to lead Philadelphia to a win in its home opener.

ROYALS 3, GIANTS 1: Vinnie Pasquantino hit his first home run of the season leading off the fourth, Salvador Perez connected in the eighth for his first of 2023 and a key insurance run, and Kansas City spoiled San Francisco’s home opener.

Nicky Lopez added an RBI single as the Royals backed right-hander Brad Keller (1-1) in just the second win so far for Kansas City, which had lost three straight and went 1-6 at home for just the second time beginning a season. Bench coach Paul Hoover is guiding the Royals with manager Matt Quatraro out after testing positive for COVID-19.

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