3:43 p.m.: Through five innings, the Orioles and Red Sox combined for only five hits.
3:38 p.m.: Daniel Nava managed a single to left field in the fifth inning, but that was the extent of the Red Sox offense. Wei-Yin Chen recorded two strikeouts and a grounded, and the teams closed five innings without any runs. Through five innings, Chen threw 74 pitches.
3:27 p.m.: Clay Buchholz worked through another uneventful inning in the fifth. He issued a two-out walk to Nate McLouth, but then retired Manny Machado on a fly ball to right field to end the inning. Through five innings, Buchholz threw 76 pitches.
3:19 p.m.: Missed opportunities was a theme for the Red Sox in the bottom of the fourth. Dustin Pedroia walked just after Shane Victorino was thrown out attempting to steal second. Then Mike Napoli grounded into a 4-6-3 double play.
3:15 p.m.: Even before the next plate appearance can complete, Shane Victorino is thrown out attempting to steal second base. The Orioles have thrown out 5 of 6 would-be base-stealers this season, via Eduardo A. Encina.
3:13 p.m.: Shane Victorino led off the fourth inning with a single to left field to give the Red Sox their first hit of the day.
3:11 p.m.: What’s the Red Sox’ problem with lefthanded pitchers? Their lack of production through three innings mirrors their recent troubles against southpaws. Their only two losses this season were started by Yankees lefty Andy Pettitte and Blue Jays lefty J.A. Happ. They managed just one run against them combined, and had just one hit against Happ. Their troubles with Wei-Yin Chen continue that trend.
3:09 p.m.: Dustin Pedroia starts a 4-6-3 double play to end the Orioles’ half of the fourth inning.
3:03 p.m.: On just eight pitches, Wei-Yin Chen retired the Red Sox 1-2-3 in the bottom of the third.
2:57 p.m.: Clay Buchholz worked out of the jam by striking out Adam Jones looking on a hanging curve ball on a 3-2 count. Jones entered the game with a .536 batting average. He also said on Sunday of the Fenway Park fans, “The more people, the more you want to shut them up.”
2:53 p.m.: The Orioles put together their first scoring opportunity in the third inning. Manny Machado and Nick Markakis offered back-to-back two-out singles.
2:48 p.m.: Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona is making his debut in Cleveland during the Indians home opener today. The new Indians manager sounds like he still needs to get acclimated to his surroundings. He said today he got lost on the two-block walk from his apartment to the Indians’ ballpark.
2:46 p.m.: Pitching has dominated through the first two innings. No runner reached second base for either team in the first two frames.
2:44 p.m.: After 10-pitch at-bat, Jonny Gomes popped out to second to end the second inning with the game still scoreless.
2:39 p.m.: With two outs in the second inning, Daniel Nava became the first Red Sox baserunner of the day after drawing a walk. He started in place of Jackie Bradley Jr. today.
2:32 p.m.: For the second straight inning, Clay Buchholz allowed a leadoff baserunner and then retired three straight batters. This time, he struck out JJ Hardy and Ryan Flaherty to end the inning.
2:27 p.m.: We’re only six games into the season, but the Orioles entered the game with two players in their lineup (Adam Jones, Chris Davis) who have OBPs above .500. While Jones drove a ball to the warning track in the first inning, Davis drew a walk to open the second. (By the way, the Red Sox also have two players with OBPs at .500 or better—Mike Napoli and Jose Iglesias.)
2:23 p.m.: The Red Sox went 1-2-3 against Wei-Yin Chen in their half of the first inning.
2:17 p.m.: The Blue Jays claimed Mauro Gomez on waivers from the Red Sox. Gomez was dropped from the 40-man roster to make room for Jackie Bradley Jr.
2:14 p.m.: Clay Buchholz worked around his the leadoff single he allowed by getting three straight outs on fly balls. Adam Jones drove a deep fly ball to the warning track in right field, but Shane Victorino caught it to end the inning.
2:09 p.m.: Clay Buchholz drew the start for the Red Sox today. Nate McLouth delivered a ground ball single up the middle to open for the Orioles.
2:00 p.m.: The Red Sox, continuing their months-long distancing of themselves from the 2011-12 teams, played a video montage with the Florence and the Machine song “Shake it out.” Among the lyrics: “It’s always darkest before the dawn.”
1:58 p.m.: Keeping with the Jimmy Fund theme, the Red Sox had representatives from the charity and from the team in each of their six decades of partnership walk onto the field to throw out the ceremonial first pitches. Continued...