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Opening Day for World Champs at Fenway

The World Champs are back in Boston to get their rings and take on the Brewers (Photo by Elsa/Getty)

After taking two of three from Baltimore to start the year, the Red Sox open up at Fenway park today at 2 pm against the Milwaukee Brewers. Jake Peavy (12-5, 4.17 ERA in 2013) will be making his first start of the year against Marco Estrada (7-4, 3.87 ERA in 2013). Before the game however, there is some reason for celebration. The Red Sox will be receiving their 2013 World Championship rings at 1 pm this afternoon during a pre-game ceremony.

Players to Watch

1. Xander Bogaerts: With a .556 average Bogaerts is starting his rookie campaign on fire, and he’ll look to continue his success in his first Opening Day at Fenway Park. The rookie has shown that he can handle the pressure in the major leagues as he took two walks and had five hits during the opening series.

2. Ryan Braun: It’s always something to watch when an opposing player who is linked to PEDs comes to town. Expect the Fenway Faithful to give him a rude welcome. Whether he folds or relishes the pressure is up to him.

3. Dustin Pedroia:  Like his double-play partner, Pedroia has been on fire with the bat. He collected seven hits during the series in Baltimore. Pedroia is sitting on 99 career home runs and wouldn’t it be nice to see number 100 on a day as special as today?

Opening Day Lineups

Red Sox Lineup  

1. Daniel Nava, LF

2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

3. David Ortiz, DH

4. Mike Napoli, 1B

5. Mike Carp, LF

6. Grady Sizemore, CF

7. Xander Bogaerts, SS

8. A.J. Pierzynski, C

9. Will Middlebrooks, 3B

Jake Peavy RHP

Brewers Lineup

1. Carlos Gomez, CF

2. Jean Segura, SS

3. Ryan Braun, DH

4. Aramis Ramirez, 3B

5. Jon Lucroy, C

6. Logan Schafer, RF

7. Khris Davis, LF

8. Scooter Gennett, 2B

9. Lyle Overbay, 1B

Marco Estrada RHP

 

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