The Red Sox scored all five runs in the fifth inning to take a 5-0 lead and help reigning American League Cy Young victor Rick Porcello (6.1ip, 6h, 3er, 1bb, 5k) start his 2017 campaign at 1-0.
Instead, all anybody seems interested in is whether the Patriots, having just won their fifth Super Bowl, will continue their off-season ransacking of the National Football League by trading their backup quarterback or frustrated cornerback.
Except for one rather critical detail.
Overall, Porcello made several significant adjustments between his mediocre 2015 and his excellent 2016: He continued with the ongoing changes to his curve velocity and movement, making it a highly effective pitch; he corrected his changeup location, making it a very good pitch after being awful in 2015; he used his four-seam fastball less, but more effectively, as a strikeout pitch at the top of the zone. George Springer became Houston's first player since Terry Puhl in 1980 to lead off the first game with a home run.
"I wasn't thinking about him out there today", Bradley said.
"I thought the wind was going to hold it up a little bit", said Benintendi.
"I think it was a 2-2 count".
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"You've got a two-time Silver Slugger Award victor that's dropping down in the order".
"I think everyone sees that these guys can be together for a long time", Evans said. "I'm not smart enough to figure that out". Other Red Sox players since 1913 to start four Opening Days before turning 25: Bobby Doerr (5), Tony Conigliaro (5), Carl Yastrzemski, Everett Scott, Babe Ruth, and Rico Petrocelli.
And here's the thing:with more shifts came less success for the defenders, with batting averages finishing at.299 vs. the maneuver in '16, the highest since they started tracking such things. "These "Red Sox STEM Education Days Presented by CITGO" will be a great opportunity for Boston students in grades 2 through 9 to get special STEM lessons that will enhance everything they're learning in their classrooms". "He's one of the best pitchers in the big leagues". It turns the lineup over.
Sandoval, who is in noticeably better shape than the past two seasons, scored on a Dustin Pedroia single up the middle. "And then Benny with the big blow in this one". It was not a banner day for Barnes, who would immediately allow an RBI single, followed by a wild pitch to move both runners into scoring position, followed by a walk to load the bases.
"He hit it hard", Benintendi said.
I wouldn't bet on that happening 161 more times. "Just playing for the team, just trying to get on base for the team and for Pedey". Xander Bogaerts had two stolen bases on Opening Day. "We're going to go in the World Series, we're going to have the Patriots and Red Sox champions done".
The Boston Red Sox enter the season with three young outfielders, all age 26 or younger, who could comprise one of baseball's most talented position groups for years to come.
"It felt good", Sandoval said in response to the fan reaction. "We're off to a good start".