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Josh Beckett (1-0) was dominant against the Rays on Opening Day, going seven strong innings with one run and 10 strikeouts. After a shaky eighth inning with Hideki Okajima and Justin Masterson, Jonathan Papelbon came on in the ninth and slammed the door shut with a perfect ninth inning for the save.
James Shields was not nearly as impressive, lasting just 5 1/3 innings and allowing five runs on nine hits and three walks. He was battered around all day, falling victim to Dustin Pedroia (1-3, HR), Kevin Youkilis (2-4), and of all people…Jason Varitek. Tek went 1-4 with a surprisingly powerful HR that he curved around Pesky’s Pole.
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