|Sox start strong|
Written by Bjoern Hartig (Contact & Archive) on April 07, 2009
MVP Dustin Pedroia starts the season with a home run right into the monster seats. Probably an easy fly out in every other park, but that little guy sure is something.
Rays pitcher James Shields goes on to load the bases, but pops up Mike Lowell to end the threat. This could be a good one.
Update: Beckett cruises and Shields has a 1-2-3 inning, too.
Update: And the easy living for Beckett ends quickly. He loads the bases with one out.
Update: The Rays tie the score on a sac fly, but do not get more.
Update: The tie did not last long. Shields gives up three more runs in the bottom of the third before he finally gets out of the inning.
Update: Shields finally retires Dustin Pedroia who homered and walked for the second out of the fourth.
Update: The game gets interesting again after the first two Rays in the sixth reach base against Beckett. Longoria is up.
Update: Becket gets out of it without allowing a runner to score. He looks pretty good today with his fastball constantly at 95mph, good break on his offspeed stuff and good control most of the time.
Update: Catcher Jason Varitek hits a home runs just inside Pesky Pole and that chases James Shield. 5-1 Red Sox
Update: Beckett leaves after 7 innings, striking out 10 while walking just 3 and allowing only 2 hits.
Update: The Boston bullpen does not look too good early. Okajima walked and hit a batter and both score after a double steal and a single by Longoria of Masterson.
Update: Carlos Pena strikes out for the forth time for the golden sombrero. Two outs in the eight.
Update: Masterson gets out of it. Papelbon will try to close it out it the ninth.
Update: Papelbon finishes the game 1-2-3, although I say strike three on the last batter was outside. In any way, the Red Sox win 5-3 and are already one game ahead of the Yankees and Rays. :)