The home opener is finally here. After a tough road trip to start the season and nearly a 48 hour stretch with no game it will be nice to see baseball at Fenway. I don't know about the rest of you, but I hope that the 100 year anniversary celebration gets over with quickly so we get down to playing baseball. I'm tired of this ownership group acting like the show is more important than the team and the games, but that's a topic for another day. Today feels like an opportunity to start the season over...
In my adult life as a Sox fan it seems that the offense never really gets rolling until they get home and play in the ballpark that the team is built for. I look for Cody Ross and Salty to get there bats going on this homestand as well as Ellsbury. However, the big story today will be Beckett and how he bounces back from a bad first start. If history is an indicator then hopefully he'll have similar results to last year. When he had a poor first start and bounced back strong with good 2nd start against the Yankees on a Sunday night. However it happens they need to find a way to win today and then find a way to win two games in a row for the first time in a long time (August 27th, 2011).
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Here is my prediction for today's lineup:
Score prediction- 6-4 Tampa Bay :(