Found April 01, 2013 on Boston Sports Then & Now:
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Lester needs to pitch like an ace for the Sox this year The Boston Red Sox will not start the season 0-6. They have won their first Opening Day in three years as they defeated the New York Yankees 8-2. Jose Iglesias picked up three hits while Jackie Bradley Jr walked three times and drove in a run. In the second inning Yankees starter CC Sabathia fell apart as Shane Victorino drove in two runs, Iglesias drove in Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Jon Lester had his usual rough inning but unlike last season, he got out of it with minimal damage allowing two runs in the fourth inning. He threw 96 pitches through five innings, something you would like to improve, but when you have a better day than Sabathia it’s hard to complain. Bradley was another bright spot showing a terrific eye at the plate with three walks, including a big one in the second inning to extend a rally. Bradley also made an incredible catch in left field in the third inning. He drove in a run grounding out to second base and he also struck out. Meanwhile, Iglesias had some positives with three infield singles including a bunt single and he drove in a run. He played pretty soundly at shortstop as well. The bullpen is all it was cracked up to be it appears. Koji Uehara got three outs on five pitches in the sixth inning before Andrew Miller came in. He walked two batters but struck out the next two and then Andrew Bailey entered with a strike out of his own. Junichi Tazawa picked up a scoreless inning and then Joel Hanrahan closed it out with a clean inning of his own. There were two negatives of this game; Mike Napoli went 0-5 and Dustin Pedroia appeared to jam his thumb sliding into first base. He stayed in the game but it’s something to watch for. Clay Buchholz is on the mound Wednesday night as the Sox face right handed Hiroki Kuroda.
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