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Josh Beckett not only came out firing, but he also departed with a 94-mph heater on the inside corner that Gabe Gross never even offered at. During an Opening Day that was just about how the Red Sox would have drawn it up, nobody stood out more than the ace, who brought back visions of 2007 with a dominant demonstration of power pitching in a 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday.
One Opening Day win against Tampa Bay will not immediately avenge last October's heartbreaking Game 7 loss in the American League Championship Series. However, Beckett could be the biggest difference-maker of all if the Red Sox are to grab the AL East throne back from the Rays.
Quite simply, Beckett was never completely right last year, dealing with one malady or another from wire-to-wire. But he comes in to 2009 with his full health, and the Rays were the first to pay the price. Beckett gave up two hits and a run on Tuesday afternoon, walking three and striking out 10 over seven innings. He threw 93 pitches -- 61 for strikes -- and seemed to have everything working.
"The way Beckett was throwing, he was phenomenal," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "That fastball that he was throwing front door to the lefties, it was coming back. He has the breaking ball. He was good all day."
Even if it was a day late following Monday's rainout, this was a satisfying way for the Red Sox to open their season at Fenway Park for the first time since 2002.
Offensively, the Red Sox got an early jolt when 2008 AL Most Valuable Player Dustin Pedroia ripped a solo homer into the Monster Seats with one out in the bottom of the first against Rays right-hander James Shields.Source(s): 自已的經驗
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