Here are the lineups:
|RED SOX (108-54 regular season, 7-2 postseason)||DODGERS (92-71 regular season, 7-4 postseason)|
|Betts RF||Dozier 2B|
|Benintendi LF||Turner 3B|
|Pearce 1B||Freese 1B|
|Martinez DH||Machado SS|
|Bogaerts SS||Taylor LF|
|Devers 3B||Kemp DH|
|Kinsler 2B||Hernandez CF|
|Leon C||Puig RF|
|Bradley Jr. CF||Barnes C|
|Pitching: LHP Chris Sale (1-0, 3.48 postseason)||Pitching: LHP Clayton Kershaw (2-1, 2.37 postseason)|
Game time: 8:09 p.m.
TV/Radio: FOX / WEEI, ESPN Radio
Red Sox vs. Kershaw: Martinez 5-11 (2 HR), Nunez 2-12, Pomeranz 1-3, Kinsler 1-2, Sale 0-2, Kelly 0-2 Pearce 1-2
Dodgers vs. Sale: Dozier 12-47, Machado 6-19, Freese 2-5, Kershaw 0-1, Grandal 0-1.
Stat of the Day: Among active pitchers, the 30-year-old Kershaw has the lowest earned run average at 2.39. The 29-year-old Sale is second at 2.89. They faced each other one previous time, on June 15, 2012 at Dodger Stadium. Neither pitched well. Sale allowed five earned runs over 5.2 innings and Sale four over six. The Dodgers beat the White Sox, 7-6.
Welcome back to town: Tonight will be the 44th World Series game played in Boston. Only New York (194), St. Louis (62) and Chicago (45) have more.
Unintentionally well rested: Sale has thrown only 27.1 innings (counting the postseason) since July 28 because of shoulder inflammation and a mysterious stomach ailment. He last pitched on Oct. 13 and has only 10 1/3 innings since Sept. 27.
Here they are again: The Sox and Dodgers meet in the World Series for the first time since 1916 when the National League team was known as the Brooklyn Robins. The Sox won that Series in five games.
New kids in town: The 650 regular-season games managed by Dave Roberts and Alex Cora are the fewest for World Series managers since 1980 when Dallas Green of the Phillies and Jim Frey of the Royals had managed only 354 games. … Cora and Roberts will be the first former teammates to meet in the World Series as managers since Mike Scioscia of the Angels and Dusty Baker of the Giants in 2002. This is the first time the managers each played for both teams in the Series.
What to watch for: It’s all Sale. Will he have command of his slider after the long layoff or have to rely on fastballs early on? He was shaky in Game 1 of the ALCS and now it’ll be even colder and he’s coming off that stomach issue. … Kershaw threw 15 pitches in one inning in Game 7 of the NLCS on Saturday night. That should not affect him too much. This will be his first game at Fenway Park. … J.D. Martinez hit .294/.385/.824 in nine games against the Dodgers last season after he was traded to Arizona. He had five home runs, three doubles, and eight RBIs. If he stays locked in against their pitchers, the Sox will be tough to beat. … The Dodgers have a versatile offense that relies on no one hitter. Still, the Sox can’t let Manny Machado beat them.
Other notes: The Sox are in the World Series for the 13th time. They are 45-28-1 and have won 12 of 14 games since 2004. … The Dodgers are in the series for the second consecutive season and 20th time as a franchise, the 11th since moving to Los Angeles in 1958. … The Dodgers are 6-13 in the Series, the Sox 8-4. … The winner of Game 1 has won the Series 62 percent of the time including 12 of the last 15 seasons. The Sox are 9-3 in Game 1 and have won the last five Series Game 1s. … Kershaw is facing the Sox for the first time in his career. He is 17-4 with a 2.14 ERA in 35 starts against AL teams. That excludes three games and a 4.02 ERA against the Astros in the World Series last season. Kershaw is 9-8 with a 4.09 ERA in 28 career playoff games. He has pitched four games in the 2018 postseason, allowing five earned runs over 19 innings. … Sale will be facing the Dodgers for the first time since 2012 when he was with the White Sox. Sale is 1-2 with a 5.85 ERA in five career postseason games. … Andrew Benintendi has not homered since Aug. 31, a stretch of 125 at-bats. … The Sox bullpen has a 3.62 ERA in the postseason. Opposing bullpens have had a 5.53 ERA against the Sox.
Song of the Day: “The Lights of My Hometown” by The Peerless Quartet.