The Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Devil Dogs 5-3 today (opening day).
The AWESOME: Josh Beckett. 7 IP 1 ER 10 K’s. He looks like the Beckett of 2007, not 2008.
The VERY GOOD: Pedroia and Varitek both with Homah’s! Varitek went 1-4 but hit the ball squarely all 4 times.
The GOOD: Papelbon. 1 IP 2K’s and the Save. Also everyone got at least one hit today for Boston except for…
The NOT SO GOOD: Ellsbury. The table setter didn’t set anything on the table. Only one who didn’t get a hit.
The HILARIOUS: Carlos Pena of Tampa Bay who went 0-4 with 4 K’s.
Yes, it’s only the first game of the season… But these division games are important whether it’s the first or last game of the season. They matter when Tampa Bay, New York and Boston all are serious contenders for both the division title and the wild card for the AL.