Red Sox sink Pirates to win season opener

Posted April 04, 2017

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Rookie Andrew Benintendi hit a three-run homer that capped a five-run fifth inning, and the Red Sox began their post-David Ortiz era by beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 in Monday's opener.

Rick Porcello will get the Opening Day nod at Fenway today (2:05 p.m., NESN), a salute to the fact that he won the AL Cy Young Award last season. His.381 average and 1.137 OPS on Opening Day are the second highest of all time by a Sox player with at least 40 plate appearances in the team's first game of the year, behind only Ted Williams. With questions swirling regarding Boston's ability to maintain its juggernaut offense without its biggest cog (one baseball person who shall remain anonymous said via twitter that "there might not be a thing in baseball more overrated than the Red Sox lineup this year"), the Sox put 5 runs on the board against a very good pitcher in Gerrit Cole, and walked away from opening day with a 1-0 record. It was a practice Sandoval had executed multiple times in Southwest Florida, but this time it just happened to score the Red Sox' first run of the season.

Past year was a tough season for the Sox. Because they got a man named Chris Sale primed to write his name in the history of Fenway Park in only two days. Tom Brady threw out a ceremonial first pitch and was accompanied by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and players Rob Gronkowski, James White and Dion Lewis, each holding one of the team's five Super Bowl trophies. However, after a two-out Jackie Bradley Jr. triple, the wheels would come off the cart.

Sandoval, who is in noticeably better shape than the past two seasons, scored on a Dustin Pedroia single up the middle.

McCutchen came to bat against reliever Matt Barnes with two on and two out, representing the go-ahead run.

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His goal 42 seconds into overtime lifted the Sabres to a 3-2 win over the Islanders on December 16 in western NY . Jones skated 11:33 on a line centering Stephen Gionta and Cal Clutterbuck , recording two shots and three hits.

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

With the bases loaded and one out, Starling Marte hit a line drive that appeared would go over Benintendi's head.

Boston Red Sox left-hander David Price was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday. "It was a little bit of a spark", Farrell said of Bradley's grab.

"I think it gave us some momentum". The Pirates are 71-60 in 131 openers, including 55-45 in 100 road openers.

But even in retirement, Big Papi's love and support for the Red Sox is still strong. Let's give Red Sox Nation what they deserve. Benintendi will be a mainstay in the Red Sox talented outfield while Taillon is amongst the Pirates top three starters. After all, Porcello only had three complete games in 33 starts previous year, when he went 22-4 with a 3.15 earned-run average.