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The Tigers are now 0-7 on the season after the 4-3 Red Sox shut them out 5-0. Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings with four hits, four walks and seven strikeouts. The Sox spread their runs out pretty evenly, scoring once in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, and twice in the 6th.
Former goat of the ’86 World Series, Bill Buckner, threw out the ceremonial first pitch in front of a long standing ovation at Fenway Park. Wiping away tears, Buckner threw a strike to former Sox great Dwight Evans.
Kevin Youkilis finished 3-3 with 2 RBIs and a walk. He raised his batting average to .400 on the young season. As well as Youk has played, David Ortiz has played that much worse. Big Papi went 0-3 with 2 walks, lowering his batting average to .103.
The Sox play the Tigers again tomorrow with Jon Lester on the hill opposing Jeremy Bonderman. Game time is set for 7:05.
My thoughts: It was so nice to see Buckner throw out the first pitch. He deserves to live the rest of his life in peace, especially after two World Series titles. It was also nice to see Dice-K pitch so effectively. All in all, a great Opening Day for the Sox.