Boston won their season opener against the Phillies 8-0 today on a strong performance by ace-of-the-day Clay Buchholz, who went seven innings striking out nine while walking only one batter.
The team's new left-right batting order seemed to work well, at least at the top of the order, where Dustin Pedroia got three year's worth of injury frustrations out of his system by hammering a home run with the first swing of his bat. Pedey would get another solo shot later in the game.
Mookie Betts continued his surprising (to me at least) power increase with a solo homer of his own and Hanley Ramirez benefitted from being sandwiched between Papi and Panda by hitting both a solo shot and a grand slam (in the ninth) to give the Sox an impressive power notification to the rest of the AL East.
Rick Porcello's on the mound Wednesday for game 2. I'm supposing Wade Miley is next after that. No telling if Joe Kelly will be ready for his start which might mean knuckleballer Steven Wright will get the call. That would be fun . . . got to have a knuckleball guy on the Sox.
Here's hoping for a big turn around after last year's dismal season.