Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 4/1/13
8 a.m. ET: Opening Day is finally up on us, and what better way to kick off the season than with a Red Sox-Yankees showdown? Jon Lester will take the ball for Boston after a magnificent spring. He led the Grapefruit League in ERA (0.75), and he looks poised to bounce back in 2013 after a horrendous 2012 season. Getting off to strong start will be a difficult task, though. The last 11 teams to visit the Bronx on Opening Day have lost. The Red Sox will try to become the first team to open the season with a win over the Yankees in New York since 1982. Working in Boston’s favor is Jon Lester’s impressive resume in New York. The left-hander is 7-2 in 12 career road starts against the Yankees. That includes six wins at the new Yankee Stadium that opened in 2009, whereas no other visiting pitcher has more than four wins at the ballpark. The biggest news to come from the Red Sox over the weekend surrounded Jackie Bradley Jr., who completely tore apart opposing pitchers during spring training. As a result, Bradley earned a spot on Boston’s Opening Day roster, and he’ll play left field going forward. The Red Sox enter Monday’s game with a 54-57-1 record on Opening Day and on the heels of two straight Opening Day losses. We’ll soon find out if they can inch closer to the .500 mark. NESN’s coverage of Monday’s contest will kick off at 11 a.m. ET, and the game’s first pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET. Be sure to tune in, and keep it right here for additional commentary and analysis.
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