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During the off-season, the Red Sox made several moves that focused on defense rather than acquiring a big bat or two to fit into the already strong lineup. The season is only a day old, but the Boston Red Sox struck first with a come from behind victory on Opening Day against their rival New York Yankees.
Neil Diamond wasn’t the only one with a big hit during Opening Day at Fenway Park. Off-season pickups Mike Cameron, Adrian Beltre and Marco Scutaro accounted for 5 of the teams 12 hits, and knocked in a total of 3 runs and scored twice. For a team that had some struggles in the bottom half of the lineup, Scutaro and Cameron provided a different outcome for at least a day. It is only one game, but it’s worth noting that one month ago this writer wrote that The Red Sox Offense Will Show Up. I may eat my words within a few days, but for Opening Day, it was the right statement.
Josh Beckett and C.C. Sabathia struggled for their respective teams, and the game became a battle between the teams’ bullpens. The Red Sox won out with 4 scoreless innings of relief mixed in with bad outing by Ramon S. Ramirez. The Yankees bullpen struggled a bit more, with Chan Ho Park and Joba Chamberlain giving up runs.
Twitter was abuzz during Opening Day, as the Red Sox Single A Affiliate Lowell Spinners tweeted that the Red Sox lowered their magic number to clinching a playoff spot by 1!
Blogger Dan S. of 11th And Washington, posted the season finishes for the Red Sox and Yankees when they open the season facing off. The last Red Sox Opening Day victory over the Yankees in 1985 was the start of a 97 win season!
The teams have an off day today before Jon Lester and A.J. Burnett face off in game two of the 2010 season. For two starters that combined to win 28 games in 2009, the offensive outburst of Opening Day might be subdued with a potential pitching duel!