Things didn’t go quite as the Red Sox hoped for on opening day, as Curt Schilling and company absorbed a 7-1 beating at the hands of the Kansas City Royals.

Gordon Edes has Gil Meche and the Royals enjoying a perfect start to their season with the win. Jeff Horrigan notes that given Schilling’s history, yesterday’s performance was nearly “impossible to fathom.” Sean McAdam describes the performance by Schilling as “nasty, brutish and short.” Jeff Goldberg has more on an “historically bad” opening day for Schilling and the Red Sox. Bill Ballou says that if the Red Sox were a Broadway play, they’d have been shut down after that opener.

As debuts go, Dan Shaughnessy says this one was worse than Patriots coach Clive Rush’s first press conference. Jon Couture says that this is only a temporary setback, as things should return to normal for both teams very soon. Alex Speier has Allard Baird still adjusting to life with the Red Sox after 18 years in the Royals organization.

Nick Cafardo notes that Schilling joined the ranks of number one starters who took a beating on opening day. Schilling himself on 38Pitches summed up his performance in two words: no command. Tony Massarotti suggests that Schilling is looking his age, and that he is only an ace in name. Pretty harsh stuff after one outing.

Shaughnessy has Dustin Pedroiaas one of the few Red Sox to hit the ground running on opening day. Horrigan says that Pedroia’s off and running and that running got him in some hot water yesterday when he was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double. Massarotti has Hideki Okajima making history as the seventh pitcher in big league history to allow a home run on his very first pitch. Silverman has J.D. Drew showing that his reputation for plate discipline is well warranted. Brendan McGair has the PawSox roster full of guys who hope for the chance to contribute to the big club sometime this season.

Michael Silverman looks at Gil Meche turning in a strong performance in his first out as Kansas City’s $55 million ace.

Edes’ notebook has Hideki Okajima being welcomed to the American big leagues with a home run over the 410 foot sign on his first pitch. Horrigan’s notebook has Julio Lugo trying to take an optimistic approach after a rough day at the plate in his Red Sox debut. McAdam’s notebook leads with more on the tough debut for Okajima. Goldberg’s notebook has Pedroia mixing good and bad in the season opener. Ballou’s notebook opens with more on Okajima.

View from the opposition: Kansas City Star and The Kansas City Channel.

NCAA

Mark Blaudschun has Florida winning their second straight NCAA basketball championship with an 84-75 victory over Ohio State.

Bob Ryan has the returning Gators from last season erasing any doubts that they should’ve remained in school for the chance to repeat as champs. Jeff Jacobs has the Florida frontcourt accomplishing what they stayed in school to do. Mark Murphy has the Gators big three rewarded for their return.

Blaudschun’s notebook has Joakim Noah showing pride in his school and in not only the basketball titles, but the National Championship the school has in football this year as well. Murphy’s notebook has Greg Oden blocking out all questions about the NBA after the loss.

Celtics

Shira Springer and Steve Bulpett each submit articles on the roller coaster that is Gerald Green’s play in his sophomore season. Bob Ryan looks at no actual ballplayers getting elected to the basketball Hall of Fame.

Patriots

Shalise Manza Young has the NFL officially calling off the Patriots/Seahawks preseason game in China, and looks at the exhibition schedule for this season. John Tomase says that eventually the NFL will have a game in China and the Patriots still want to be a part of it. Mike Reiss has the league giving precedence to the October regular-season matchup between the Dolphins and Giants in London.

Bruins

Stephen Harris has the Bruins hoping to ruin the Canadiens’ season tonight in Montreal. Fluto Shinzawa has the club calling up Hannu Toivonen to start the game tonight. Mick Colageo says that Dave Lewis needs time to establish himself with the Bruins, and he’ll get another chance next season.

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