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The Red Sox did something they weren’t able to do much of last year; send the Fenway faithful home happy. In their home opener, the Red Sox defeated the Baltimore Orioles 3-1, behind a very strong outing by starter Clay Buchholz, 2-0, and a Daniel Nava 7th inning 3-run home run.
With the game scoreless in the 7th, and Buchholz done for the day, the Red Sox offense was able to get to Baltimore starter, Wei-Yin Chen. To lead off the 7th Dustin Pedroia hit an infield single to shortstop, and just beat the throw to first, for only the 3rd Red Sox hit of the game. Mike Napoli followed Pedroia with a double to center field, and Pedroia, who possibly could have scored from first was stopped at third base.
With two on and no out, Sunday’s hero, Will Middlebrooks stepped to the plate. After a seven pitch at bat, Middlebrooks struck out swinging, which brought up the starting right fielder, Daniel Nava, who already had a single and walked against Chen in the game.
Daniel Nava after hitting a 7th inning 3-run home run, which gave the Red Sox a 3-0 lead
Buck Showalter and the Orioles decided against intentionally walking Nava, and Nava made them pay by hitting a 3-run home run over the green monster on an 0-2 fastball. That was all the offense the Red Sox needed. Nava was given the start in right field over the rookie phenom, Jackie Bradley Jr, and John Farrell’s decision paid off handsomely.
Andrew Bailey started the 8th inning for the Red Sox, and had a 1-2-3 inning, and struck out Nate McLouth, and Manny Machado to begin the 8th. The new Red Sox closer, Joel Hanrahan came on for the 9th inning in his first Fenway appearance. Hanrahan who had been lights out in his first three games this season looked a bit like Jonathan Papelbon towards the end of his Red Sox tenure.
Adam Jones, who made headlines by talking smack about the Red Sox, and talking about wanting to “shut up” the Fenway faithful, hit a leadoff home run to bring the Orioles within two. After retiring the next batters, Hanrahan gave up a double to JJ Hardy which brought the potential game tying run to the plate, Ryan Flaherty. Hanrahan was able to get Flaherty to pop out to third base after getting ahead in the count 0-2, and Red Sox won.
Red Sox Starting Pitcher, Clay Buchholz
In his 7 innings of work, Buchholz looked outstanding by only allowing 3 hits, and striking out 8 Orioles batters. Buchholz did however walk four Orioles, and in his post game press conference, made it clear he wasn’t satisfied with that. In fact during his press conference, he made it seem like he didn’t pitch well at all.
Buchholz and Jon Lester are now 4-0 combined, and have only given up 3 runs total. Although it’s only a small sample size, not a lot of people expected the number 1 and 2 starters to perform so well.
For the seventh game in a row, the Red Sox did not commit a single error, which is a franchise record to begin a season. The Red Sox will face the Orioles in the second game of the three game set tomorrow night, with Ryan Dempster taking the hill against Jake Arrieta.
Dempster allowed 3 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks, in 5 innings, in a loss to the Yankees last Thursday night. His counterpart, Jake Arrieta, gave up 5 runs in 5 innings, off 7 hits against the Minnesota Twins, in a Baltimore 9-5 victory. Arrieta had a no decision in that game.
BEST OF MAXIM
Clay Buchholz has become the best pitcher in the Red Sox rotation after years of disappointment
I never was a huge fan of Clay Buchholz. He started his Red Sox career with a no-hitter and every body who sort of followed the Boston Red Sox thought that they had an ace in the hole. Forget for a second that there have been plenty of middle of the road pitchers who have pitched no-hitters...
When Daniel Nava is presented with a new opportunity, he really goes all in.
Nava hit a grand slam against the Yankees on the first pitch he ever saw in the majors in 2010. On Monday, he capped off his first ever Fenway Park home opener with a game-winning, three-run home run against the Orioles.
Monday’s Opening Day heroics only add to the wild journey that is Nava’s career...
Daniel Nava hit a three run homer in the bottom of the seventh was all that Clay Buchholz needed as the Red Sox have won their third straight, beating the Orioles, 3-1.
It was a pitcher's duel between Buchholz and Wei-Yin Chen, as both of them only allowed a couple of singles and walks until the seventh when Dustin Pedroia started the rally with a single and Mike Napoli getting...
Daniel Nava hit a three-run homer, Clay Buchholz pitched seven shutout innings and the surprising Boston Red Sox won their ninth straight home opener, 3-1 over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday.
Nava broke open a scoreless duel between Buchholz (2-0) and Wei-Yin Chen (0-1) in the seventh inning with his second homer in two days. He hit a shot over the Green Monster in left after Dustin...
For a role player like Daniel Nava, confidence is key. Although initially shocked when he was told that he would start in Monday's home opener instead of rookie Jackie Bradley Jr., Nava said he had plenty of time to get his thoughts straight and focus on the goal:
“Of course it gave me confidence,” Nava said. “John and Torey have done a great job of communicating with...
Jon Lester was the Red Sox’ Opening Day starter, and he’s considered the team’s ace in the minds of many. Clay Buchholz, the starter for Monday’s home opener, continues to match the southpaw step for step.
Buchholz tossed seven shutout innings against the Orioles on Monday. It marks the second straight outing Buchholz has gone seven innings, and he and Lester now hold a combined...
Clay Buchholz followed Jon Lester‘s strong performance Sunday with seven shutout innings of his own Monday afternoon, which bodes well for the Red Sox’ starting staff this year.
After sputtering last season, the starters will now be under the tutelage of John Farrell in Boston, which many onlookers theorized would result in a return to form that the Sox badly needed. With John...
The Red Sox kicked off their home schedule in a big way on Monday.
Fenway Park has been known to give the Red Sox a major home-field advantage over the years, but last season was much different, as Boston struggled mightily in front of the home crowd. Fenway was bumping on Monday, though, and it’s clear that this year’s team is already winning folks over.
And how could it not...
Jackie Bradley Jr. is getting some rest during the Red Sox’ home opener.
Daniel Nava will start in left field in Bradley’s place. It’s the fourth position Nava will have played this season. He’s already started games at designated hitter and first base. He also played two innings in right field. Nava is batting .400 with one home run, three RBIs and two walks.
The First Pitch
Paul Maholm and Clay Buchholz followed up solid season debuts with excellent second starts yesterday. They each went seven innings, allowed no runs and got a win. As a result, their ownership percentages are on the rise. But should you hop on the bandwagon and add them? Yes and no.
Yes to Maholm. He’s obviously going to give up some runs at some point, but...
The Red Sox just completed their first week of the season, a 6 game road trip starting in New York and ending in Toronto. The team went 4-2 on the trip and return to Fenway for a 7 game home stand against Baltimore and then Tampa Bay.
Wei-Yin Chen vs Clay Buchholz
Buchholz had a great outing in his first start of the season in the Bronx. He went 7 strong innings allowing...
First Pitch: Monday 2:05, Wednesday 7:10, Thursday 7:10
Arms: Monday: Clay Buchholz, RHP (1-0, 1.29 ERA) vs. Wei-Yin Chen, LHP (0-0, 3.18 ERA)
Wednesday: Ryan Dempster, RHP (0-1, 5.40 ERA) vs. Miguel Gonzalez, RHP (1-0, 2.84 ERA)
Thursday: Felix Doubront, LHP (0-0, 5.40 ERA) vs. Jake Arrieta RHP (0-0, 9.00 ERA)
After going 4-2 on their season opening road trip, the Boston Red Sox return home for a seven-game homestand. They'll start off with the home opener this afternoon against the Baltimore Orioles at historic Fenway Park.
The Red Sox pregame show will start on NESN at 12 p.m. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on NESN in the Red Sox television...
Note: Pitching matchups are subject to change
Monday, April 8 @ 2:05 PM
Wei-Yin Chen, LHP (0-0, 3.18) vs Clay Buchholz, RHP (1-0, 1.29)
TV: NESN, MLB.tv
Radio: Red Sox Radio Network, MLB Gameday Audio
Wednesday, April 10 @ 7:10 PM
Jake Arrieta, RHP (0-0, 9.00) vs Ryan Dempster, RHP (0-1, 5.40)
TV: NESN, MLB.tv
Radio: Red Sox Radio Network, MLB Gameday...