The Dodgers, though, intend to put up as much resistance as possible in Game 3 with their left-handed power lineup against expected right-handed starter Rick Porcello. "So, I gave it to a homeless guy and hit two home runs, so maybe, pass it on to the next person".
Boston's 8-4 win in this year's opener averaged 13,755,000, down 8 percent from the 14,698,000 for the Dodgers' 3-1 win over Houston in Game 1 last year and the fewest since 12,191,000 for the Giants' 7-1 win over Kansas City that opened the 2014 Series.
This will be Hill's third career Series start.
Hill will be starting against one of his many former teams. Martinez, their designated hitter, in the outfield. As we know, that lead would hold up and the Red Sox are up two games in the series.
When asked about his Game 3 lineup, Roberts had compliments for right-handed hitters like Brian Dozier, David Freese, players who typically do not start against righties.More news: Dow drops more than 500 points on weak bellwethers
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Cora said Martinez got treatment for his sore ankle during Thursday's travel day.
The series shifts to pleasantly warm Los Angeles after two games in Boston's chill - weather that Dodgers reliever Ryan Madson suggested was partly to blame for his poor performance in both games.
In other words, they'll be hoping Martinez can go on Friday.
"Walker is a tremendous talent", Kershaw said after the NL tiebreaker game.
It wasn't the first time Betts has made a similar gesture.