Eduardo Nunez got quite a test on a knee injury the Red Sox are still managing. Updates with new lead, quotes. Tampa Bay finished with just four hits - three in the eighth - but Kelly and Smith combined for four walks in the eighth. He pitched a league-high 230 innings and won 17 games in an up and down first season in Boston.
The 2018 baseball season got off to a hot start in Tampa. "Yeah. And I actually have a panoramic picture at my house of the first pitch being thrown here". I come from a country [Puerto Rico] that does that, and with my family it's the same. Chaz Roe (0-1) allowed a run in 1/3 of an inning and took the loss when Jose Alvarado gave up the RBI hit to Devers.
Rafael Devers knocked in the only run Price needed on a single up the middle in the top of the seventh, Matt Barnes and Craig Kimbrel each worked scoreless frames and the Red Sox bounced back from a hard defeat barely 24 hours earlier with a 1-0 shutout of the Rays.
"I felt good, I'm trying to contribute", Bogaerts said.
The boys of summer are staring the season a bit earlier than normal this year and for the first time in 50 years every team will be in action on opening day. I'm happy but more happy for those guys.
They should be seven and two to start off the season, no matter who's in their pitching rotation. He improved to 4-3 in 10 appearances, including nine starts, against his old team. Roe replaced him with runners at first and third with two outs in the sixth, escaping the jam by striking out J.D. Martinez.
Bogaerts already has four doubles.
"We're winning the east, and definitely going all the way to the series", the fan said. "There is no doubt in my mind". He's a superstar. We had good times, bad times and frightful times. "Go out there and throw the ball the way I threw the ball before I got to Boston".
Meanwhile, Devers has a team-leading three RBIs.
The conservation of both Price and Thursday's starter Chris Sale continued to be part of the storyline, except this time it actually worked out in the short-term for the Red Sox. Friday's ideal ninth also extended his mastery over the Rays since the start of 2017.
The Sox are going into the regular season after a very successful spring training, where they had the best record in the American League.
The Red Sox missed the playoffs in 2015 and 16 before returning the last two seasons.
Rays: RHP Nathan Eovaldi had arthroscopic surgery to remove loose bodies in his pitching elbow. You really do. A lot of people back in the day said I was going to be a future manager, and I hated that because I wanted to keep playing.
TRAINER'S ROOM: Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia, on the disabled list following left knee surgery, had a streak of consecutive starts on opening day end at 11. Over his final six starts, he went 1-5 with a 7.48 ERA, elevating his season ERA from 3.66 to 4.07. The Rays will implement their "bullpen day" plan Saturday, using a combination of relievers to pitch the game.