1:53 p.m.: The Jimmy Fund Chorus just completed the national anthem, helping the Red Sox commemorate the 60th anniversary of their partnership with the charity, which began in 1953 after the Braves—who had been affiliated with the Jimmy Fund—left for Milwaukee.
1:50 p.m.: The introduction of the Red Sox is complete. The loudest applause seemed to be for John Farrell, Jackie Bradley, Dustin Pedroia, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and Will Middlebrooks.
1:46 p.m.: One phrase that got a warm response from the Fenway Park crowd was when PA announced Don Orsillo introduced the “all-new coaching staff.”
1:44 p.m.: The introductions of the Orioles were muted. When the Red Sox were introduced, even the clubhouse staff seemed to receive louder responses from the crowd than any of the Baltimore players.
1:40 p.m.: The introductions of the teams for the pregame ceremonies have begun.
1:37 p.m.: Looking for a good sign—beyond the four wins in the first six games—about the Red Sox’ chances this season? Fox Sports analyst Jon Paul Morosi wrote today that he is convinced the Red Sox have enough talent to contend in the AL East. “The cleanup from the Great Collapse of 2011 is complete,” Morosi wrote.
1:34 p.m.: Fans of all ages have turned out at Fenway Park for the home opener festivities. One of the youngest is seen in the photo at right decked out in his Red Sox apparel.
1:33 p.m.: Of the many new players on the Red Sox this season, closer Joel Hanrahan is the only one who has never played a game in Fenway Park. Hanrahan came to the Red Sox via a trade with the Pirates.
1:28 p.m.: This is the first time since 2003 that the Red Sox have hosted the Orioles in the home opener. On April 12, 2003—one day late after the planned home opener, but not the opening ceremonies, was rained out a day before—the Orioles beat the Red Sox 13-6. Pedro Martinez, after allowing 10 runs, took the loss that day.
1:15 p.m.: The Red Sox will have a large pregame ceremony before the 2:05 first pitch. Last year, the festivities were flavored by the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park. This year, the Red Sox will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of their affiliation with the Jimmy Fun. They offered this preview photo of the preparations.
12:57 p.m.: Dan Duquette is back at Fenway Park for a home opener, but in a different capacity from his former role running the Red Sox. Duquette, now the baseball operations chief of the Orioles, met with Red Sox legend Dwight Evans on the field prior to the game.
12:55 p.m.: The Red Sox have won eight straight home openers, which is the longest active streak in MLB and a club record. The last time the Red Sox lost a home opener was on April 9, 2004, when the Blue Jays beat them 10-5.
12:52 p.m.: This will be John Farrell’s first game in a Red Sox uniform at Fenway Park since he left his role as pitching coach after the 2010 season. Farrell said that for all of the players who joined the Red Sox over the winter, and for him, today has been a day they circled on their calendars since they gathered for spring training in February. “This is a great day,” he said.
12:47 p.m.: John Lackey, who exited Saturday’s game with a bicep injury, is unlikely to make his next start on Friday, John Farrell said today. But the Red Sox aren’t ready to say yet how long Lackey will be out. They are awaiting more test results.
11:33 a.m.: The Red Sox were on the field early this morning taking batting and fielding practice. The Globe’s Ed Medina caught some of the action in this panoramic photo of Fenway Park from the right field corner.
11:30 a.m.: Jackie Bradley will not be in the lineup for the first time this season. With the Red Sox facing a lefthanded starter in Baltimore’s Wei-Yin Chen, the lefthanded hitting Bradley gets a breather. But it’s also notable that Bradley is in a bit of a mini-slump. He’s had just three hits this season, and was 0-for-7 with one walk in the last two games, when he struck out a combined four times.