Josh Beckett went seven innings yesterday, giving up just two hits while striking out 10, and Dustin Pedroia and Jason Varitek hit solo home runs to lead the Red Sox to a 5-3 opening day win over the Rays at Fenway Park.
Amalie Benjamin has Beckett and the Red Sox winning their renewal of acquaintances with the Tampa Rays. Michael Silverman has the Sox thinking big after yesterday’s opening day win. Joe McDonald has yesterday’s win a mix of solid pitching and timely hitting. Bill Ballou has Pedroia and the Sox sending an early message. Jon Couture says that this Opening Day was worth the extra day’s wait. Ron Chimelis has Beckett and the Sox doing nothing to diminish the enthusiasm of the fans. Dom Amore has Beckett sharp in the opener. Glen Farley has the Sox hot on a frosty day. Kevin Thomas has Beckett and the Sox appearing to be in midseason form. Steve Krause wishes they could all be this easy.
Sean McAdam says that the Red Sox lineup was in full working order yesterday. Dan Shaughnessy, seemingly convinced that the Red Sox are fading in significance writes that a lot of the buzz was missing around Fenway yesterday. Bill Reynolds has Rocco Baldelli saying that it is a big deal to be able to play for the Red Sox. Rob Bradford has five things we learned yesterday. Lenny Megliola says that the Red Sox showed their blueprint for success on opening day. Chaz Scoggins says that the Sox already have the look of a winning outfit.
Steve Buckley has Josh Beckett hoping to get on a roll to start the season. Adam Kilgore has Beckett looking to get back to 2007 form, and taking a nice first step in that direction. Daniel Barbarisi says that Beckett finally wrestled “the mantle of staff ace, leader, stopper, tone-setter, intimidator, and obvious Opening Day starter” from the long-gone Pedro Martinez with his performance yesterday. Jennifer Toland has the old Josh Beckett on display yesterday. Maureen Mullen agrees that it seemed like old times for Beckett yesterday.
Nick Cafardo has reigning AL MVP Dustin Pedroia getting things started with a home run in his first at-bat of the season. John Tomase channels Pedroia’s inner dialog after the second baseman’s home run. Bill Burt says that Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis are the new faces of the franchise. McDonald provides a glimpse of the confidence of Pedroia in his dealing with reporters following the game. Bradford has Pedroia making an impression on Baldelli, who calls him a “different cat.”
Rich Thompson has Jason Varitek getting into the swing of things. Kevin McNamara looks at Varitek starting his season with a bang. Alex Speier has Varitek starting his battle against history. Tomase has Mike Lowell game to trying things out near the bottom of the batting order. Chimelis has Varitek and Lowell starting well yesterday. Toland says that big things are expected of Jon Lester this season.
Peter Gobis has Clay Buchholz looking to make the most of his time in Pawtucket.
Julian Benbow has Tampa starting pitcher James Shields extending his rough streak at Fenway Park.
Richard Weir has the fans and Senator Kennedy enjoying opening day. Dan Lamothe says that the small touches made this opening day shine. Rich Thompson recaps the pregame ceremonies. Couture has more on the appearance by Sen. Ted Kennedy.
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Benjamin’s notebook has Varitek’s revamped swing paying dividends right away. Silverman’s notebook has Jonathan Papelbon back to his emotional self at Fenway. Ballou’s notebook has Mike Lowell still not moving around the basepaths as quickly as he would like. Chimelis’ notebook has Julio Lugo set to being a rehab stint. Thomas’ notebook has Varitek a hit on opening day.
The Bruins were shorthanded last night, and a bit listless as well, as they fell 3-2 to the Senators in Ottawa.
Fluto Shinzawa says that there was some ugly stuff on display in the capital of Canada last night. Joe Haggerty says that the Bruins need to put this loss behind them quickly. Steve Conroy says that the Bruins were ripe for a beating last night.
Frank Dell’Apa has Paul Pierce and the Celtics keeping tabs on their foes. Mark Murphy has Brian Scalabrine being cleared for limited action in practice. Patrick Gilroy has the Celtics starting to get healthy as the postseason approaches. Paul Flannery has five questions for the Celtics as the playoffs loom.
Chris Warner on Patriots Daily has a look at the Second Day Linebackers likely available in the draft. Mike Reiss and Christopher L. Gasper report on the Patriots checking out West Virgina QB Pat White. Shalise Manza Young profiles Fresno State TE McKenna Pascoe. Mark Farinella mixes in a number of humorous/snide Tom Brady and Spygate comments while thinking about high school sports.
Michael Vega has the UConn women finishing up their 39-0 undefeated season with the title game win over Louisville last night.