Benintendi lifts Red Sox over Pirates 5-3 in post-Ortiz era

Benintendi lifts Red Sox over Pirates 5-3 in post-Ortiz era

Benintendi lifts Red Sox over Pirates 5-3 in post-Ortiz era

Twins 7, Royals 1: Miguel Sano homered and drew the third bases-loaded walk during a awful seventh inning for Kansas City's bullpen, and the Twins won an opener for the first time in nine years.

Andrew Benintendi capped the rally with a three-run homer into the Pirates bullpen in right field.

No matter the outcome, the Red Sox home opener will be historic because they have never faced the Pirates on Opening Day.

The Boston Red Sox come into this season look to build on yet another solid season which saw the BoSox finish 93-69, winning the AL East crown by 4 games over Toronto and Baltimore. It was a big loss but Boston's offense is more than capable of picking up right where they left off, instead improving in other areas by trading for Cy Young candidate Chris Sale.

Cole tossed seven two-run innings with seven strikeouts in his only career start against Boston on September 18, 2014. I wouldn't bet against Boston on Wednesday for their next game either.

The reigning American League Cy Young Award victor was making his first career Opening Day start. For the second year in a row, the Red Sox are among the top three teams with the most expensive Major League Baseball ticket prices; an average ticket to a game at Fenway will cost you just over $100. It's what they need.

As has become customary in Porcello's starts at Fenway, the pitcher earned a standing ovation of his own when he left the game in line for the win.

Meanwhile, Rick Porcello was cruising for the Red Sox. He flied out to center field in the first inning and struck out swinging in his next three plate appearances. One that McCutchen would have caught if playing where he was positioned last season. He will be opposed by Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole, with first pitch set for 2:05 p.m. Who is your Pirates player of the game? Yes, he somehow managed to avoid the one-year death knell of Tommy John surgery when he was examined by Dr. James Andrews, but his arm hasn't gotten better since that visit and this could be an issue for Boston for the entire season.

"It was pretty good". "We still had an opportunity to get out of the inning and didn't make the pitches or plays that we needed". David Ortiz is also gone from that team.

On Yawkey Way, vendors yell out to Red Sox nation about buying programs or hot sausages sizzling on the grill. "That includes pitching deep into ball games". Porcello finished 2016 with a 22-4 record in addition to a 3.15 ERA with 189 strikeouts. On top of that, Julio Urias is still only 20 years old and already looks like an ace (in limited time).

That's not just what the Pirates want from Cole and Cutch. "I've got to learn from it and show up [Wednesday] ready to go".

The Sox then went full tilt. The Red Sox, meanwhile, are a flawless 5-0 in Porcello's last five interleague starts, are 8-1 in his last nine starts during Game 1 of a series and are 20-7 in his last 27 starts at Fenway Park. David Price will enter the season on the disabled list (DL) with a lingering elbow injury that I don't see going away anytime soon.

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