BOSTON (WPRI) — After four days of rest, the Boston Red Sox will continue their championship chase Tuesday night.
Four more wins earn the team its fourth title in the last 15 years.
The Red Sox will face the two-time defending National League Champion Los Angeles Dodgers. First pitch is scheduled for 8:09 p.m. ET on Fox Providence.
Boston – Chris Sale (1-0, 3.48 ERA in 10.1 IP)
Los Angeles – Clayton Kershaw (2-1, 2.37 ERA in 19 IP)
Legendary performer and noted Red Sox fan James Taylor will sing the National Anthem for Game 1.
Exciting news: James will be singing the national anthem at Game 1 of the #WorldSeries TOMORROW at @FenwayPark! Catch it live at 7:56pm ET on https://t.co/0O33AM4LuQ. 📸 @Michael_Ivins courtesy of Boston @RedSox#JT #JamesTaylor #RedSox pic.twitter.com/a9dzgJ1trh— James Taylor (@JamesTaylor_com) October 22, 2018
As the sun rose over Fenway, the grounds crew was already at work, getting the field ready. And fans were at the park too, some of them hoping to get their hands on game day tickets.
The grounds crew is here very early this morning getting the field ready for tonight! 13 hours to go! #WorldSeries #RedSox pic.twitter.com/8LvZ0HMcN1— Michaela MacDonald (@MichaelaMacNews) October 23, 2018
Red Sox manager Alex Cora will try to become just the fifth rookie manager in MLB history to win the World Series. The previous four include Bucky Harris (1924 Senators), Eddie Dyer (1946 Cardinals), Ralph Houk (1961 Yankees) and Bob Brenly (2001 Diamondbacks).
The winner of the first game of the World Series has gone on to win the Fall Classic 61.9 percent of the time, including 17 of the last 21.
The team with the home-field advantage (hosting four of a possible seven games) has been victorious in 24 of the last 32 World Series, beginning in 1985.
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Chris Sale on being ready to start despite being hospitalized last week:
“Having these extra few days has been nice to be able to get back on that routine, get a little more normalcy back into it. Getting my strength back, getting back to my routine. Threw a bullpen yesterday. Leaned on [our pitching coach] a little bit and got back to doing some things that made me successful in the past, and try to carry that forward into [my start].”
Alex Cora on the likeability of his ball club:
“Since day one when we came back from that road trip – Tampa, Miami – you had a feeling that the city was going to fall in love with them. We had that comeback against Tampa. We were down five, we came back and people started to recognize that, ‘hey, man, they fight all the way to the end, and that’s the way it should be.’ Everywhere I go now in the city it’s about them, which is cool.”
“Like I’ve been saying all along, I’m very proud of them, and I’m glad that people are recognizing them, not only here in Boston but all over the world.”
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, a hero on the 2004 Red Sox championship team, about returning to Boston and facing former teammate and good friend Alex Cora:
“It is great coming back to this great city. I’ve got nothing but great memories, even flying into Logan and just this time of year, this city, the leaves changing. And then you drive up to Fenway Park and it all just kind of comes back to you, 2004. And the teammates I had, the coaches, and that energy that only Fenway Park has. So to kind of recount that and you take it on the other level of Alex and I were former teammates and very good friends, and competing with each other, against each other, and to kind of see our different paths and where we’ve come, it’s really exceeded all of our dreams.”
Roberts went on to say, “And this is a dream job for me and I know speaking for him this is his dream job. So for us to play for a world championship, West Coast-East Coast, Dodgers-Red Sox, I just can’t see it getting any better.”