Red Sox sink Pirates to win season opener

Boston Red Sox's Rick Porcello will start the 2017 opener. He won the 2016 American League Cy Young award

"But for a guy, there's such great timing and fluidity to the swing". He defined easy power.

Bradley hails Benintendi as "a special ballplayer".

"I think I've been able to slow things down and take it all in", Benintendi said. I can hear all the sabermetric guys going insane. I just go out there, play well, and the main goal is to win. The game was rematch of last year's AL wild card playoff, won by Toronto 5-2 on an 11th-inning home run by Edwin Encarnacion.

Reigning American League Cy Young Award victor Rick Porcello gets the ball for Boston in Monday afternoon's opener against the Pirates.

"Rick was more than primed for today", Farrell said.

That group burst onto the scene in 1975 - Rice and Lynn both Rookie of the Year candidates, Evans a 23-year-old fifth-round pick coming into his own - and helped lead the Red Sox on a magical run to the World Series. Seeing as how the White Sox received Yoan Moncada as the centerpiece of the Chris Sale trade and Benintendi was apparently never on the table, he just might be worth the hype. He collected two doubles, two home runs, seven RBI, nine runs scored, and one steal in that time.

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In addition, getting into the annual 64 team tournament, is for majority an impossible dream. "We're in the same position". Arkansas led by 5 with 3:30 to go in the game and then the Tar Heels outscored the Razorbacks 12-0 the rest of the way.

Pirates righty Gerrit Cole is also making his first opening day start, trying to forget about a 2016 season in which he went a career-worst 7-10 record with a 3.88 ERA. Cole had allowed just two baserunners through 4 2/3 frames, and then suddenly the wheels came off. Boston piled up six straight hits off the righty during the two-out rally, which was capped off by an Andrew Benintendi three-run bomb.

Twins 7, Royals 1 • Miguel Sano homered and drew the third bases-loaded walk for Minnesota during a terrible seventh inning for Kansas City's bullpen as Ervin Santana and the Twins beat the visiting Royals for their first opening victory in nine years. Look for Cole to bounce back against the Braves at home on Saturday. The team hopes that he can pitch again by June. The Pirates starter, who had been pitching brilliantly, melted down in a hurry and Benintendi finished him off by turning on a 98 miles per hour fastball. If there's a sense of roles yet - seventh inning, eighth inning, whatever - John Farrell isn't putting it forth publicly. Matt Barnes entered in relief and immediately gave up a soft single up the middle to Mercer, plating Cervelli. A walk to Adam Frazier loaded the bases and a fly ball by Starling Marte brought in a third run, but McCutchen fanned for the third time, finishing 0-for-4 and ending the scoring threat.

On Opening Day at Fenway Park on Monday, Benintendi and Bradley Jr. made their presences felt in a big way. "I think everyone is looking forward to one, if not many years of a very good player that's been on a rapid ascent into the big leagues and has handled everything in stride".

In 155 of Xander Bogaerts' 157 starts last season, the shortstop batted either second or third.

If it hadn't already, in that moment it occurred to Benintendi that sports are treated a little bit differently around here. The Boston Red Sox took on the Pittsburgh Pirates in their home opener, Monday afternoon.

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Before the Opening Day ceremonies get underway, there will be 30 Air Force recruits being sworn in at 9 Fenway Park.



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