RED SOX SHUT OUT TIGERS 5-0; MOVE TO 4-4
Kevin Youkilis’s sacrifice fly in the third and double in the sixth, propel the Sox to a 5-0 victory over
(April 8, 2008) – On a very emotional day at Fenway Park, the Red Sox returned home to receive their 2007 World Series rings and to take on the disappointing, 0-6 Detroit Tigers. Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka did not disappoint the 36,000-plus who flocked to the
The day was also a very special day, not just because the Red Sox finally playing on their home turf, but because it also saw the return of Bill Buckner to
It was an emotional moment for not just Buckner but also the fans. As he walked to the mound to throw out the first pitch of the 2008 season at
The Red Sox would score one-run in three consecutive innings (second to fourth). Right fielder J.D. Drew would get things started in the second inning with a base hit to center to lead-off the inning. After a balk by Kenny Rogers and base hit by Jason Varitek, Drew would score on a sacrifice fly by center fielder, Coco Crisp, to
An inning later, left fielder, Manny Ramirez would hit a long drive to the Triangle for triple but would end up scoring on second baseman Placido Polanco’s throwing error. It was Polanco’s first error on the season. Rogers would go on to get third baseman Mike Lowell to fly out to center, strike out Drew and get Jason Varitek to fly out to right for end the third.
The next inning, with one out Julio Lugo would hit an infield single to third and advance to second on third baseman, Miguel Cabrera’s throwing error. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia would send
After the Red Sox got the lead, Matsuzaka went to work on
The Red Sox look to take game two of the series tomorrow night when they send left hander Jon Lester to the mound to face
WIN: Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-0)
LOSS: Kenny Rogers (0-2)
In the last four years the Red Sox are 4-0 on Opening Day – with wins against the Yankees in 2005, Blue Jays in 2006 and Mariners in 2007 – at home and are 63-45 overall.
Delcarmen pitched an inning and a third in relief of Matsuzaka before turning the reigns over to Hideki Okajima to get the final three outs of the home opener.
The 3 Stars of the Game: