The Red Sox will open on the road in 2013, facing the Yankees in New York April 1, a Monday. It will be their third consecutive season starting away from Fenway Park.
The home opener will be April 8, also a Monday, against Baltimore.
The Houston Astros, who are moving to the American League next season, will play at Fenway Park April 25-28. The Sox play at Houston Aug. 5-7.
The Sox will host the Phillies, Rockies, Padres, and Diamondbacks for interleague series and play the Phillies, Giants, Dodgers, and Rockies on the road.
The Sox will play two games in Colorado Sept. 24-25 before closing the season with three games in Baltimore.
The Yankees do not come to Fenway Park until July 19 for a three-game series. New York also plays at Fenway Aug. 16-18 and Sept. 13-15.
After the opening series, the Sox also play in New York May 31-June 2 and Sept. 5-8.
Tazawa at full speed
Of all the young players on the Red Sox roster, Junichi Tazawa is making the best impression as the season winds down.
The 26-year-old has struck out 35 in 35 innings and walked only five. On Tuesday, Tazawa retired all five Yankees he faced. That included swinging strikeouts of Nick Swisher and Alex Rodriguez with a runner on second in the sixth inning.
Tazawa hit 95 miles per hour five times and 96 once. After Tommy John surgery cost him the 2010 season, Tazawa spent all of 2011 regaining his form, and the results are apparent.
“He’s not holding back,” said manager Bobby Valentine. “He’s throwing 96 and 97, he has impeccable control and three pitches. I think moving forward he’s going to be a very good pitcher on a championship team.”
Tazawa said his goal this season was to stay healthy and pitch a full season.
“I’ve been able to accomplish that so far,” he said via interpreter Jeff Cutler. “Moving forward, I’m not really going to expect to be in the rotation or in the bullpen. I just want to make sure I’m healthy and pitch well. Everything else will work itself out.”
His fastball, Tazawa said, may be better than it was before the surgery.
“Definitely glad I had the time to rehab,” he said. “I put a lot of work into it. I’m sure it’s the result of that, too.”
Tazawa decided to sign with the Sox in 2008 after he made the controversial decision to spurn the Japanese amateur draft. Valentine, who was managing the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan at the time, said Tazawa would have been one of the first picks of the draft.
“He was unique, he was the case study,” Valentine said.
Tazawa was initially developed as a starter in the minors, then shifted to the bullpen after his surgery. His fastball has become a more effective pitch in relief, based on initial results.
Atchison activatedThe Red Sox activated righthanded reliever Scott Atchison from the 60-day disabled list. He had a 1.76 ERA in 37 appearances before being diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament.
The 36-year-old Atchison decided to try a program of rest and rehabilitation instead of surgery. He showed his usual velocity and command in two games with Triple A Pawtucket and hopes to get some peace of mind before the season ends.
“I think I’ll be OK,” Atchison said. “So far, it’s working out.”
Said Valentine, “Scotty Atchison pitched as well as anybody on our team for the first nine weeks of the season. When they said that he might not pitch again, I looked in his eye and he said, ‘No, I’m going to pitch. This is easy.’
“It’s a credit to him as a person as well as him as a pitcher. He’s special.”
To make room for Atchison on the 40-man roster, the Sox transferred lefthander Franklin Morales to the 60-day DL, ending his season.
Morales was 3-4 with a 3.77 ERA in 37 appearances, nine of them starts. He had an MRI on his shoulder that did not show any structural damage, according to Valentine.
The Red Sox held a pregame ceremony to recognize radio announcer Joe Castiglione’s 30th year with the team. Team owners John Henry and Tom Werner joined former Sox manager Joe Morgan in presenting him with a gold record of his most memorable calls. Fellow broadcasters Dale Arnold, Uri Berenguer, Don Orsillo, Jon Rish, Jerry Remy, and Jerry Trupiano spoke before Castiglione reflected on his career and threw out the first pitch. The team also recognized deceased broadcasters Ken Coleman, Curt Gowdy, and Ned Martin as part of the ceremony . . . Derek Jeter left the game in the eighth inning with an injured left ankle but said he would play Thursday . . . Mike Aviles’s double in the seventh inning gave him a career-best 28 on the season . . . The Sox had three personnel ejected for the first time since April 24, 2004 when Bronson Arroyo, Trot Nixon, and Terry Francona were tossed . . . The Yankees are 76-40 when they hit at least one homer, 4-22 when they do not . . . The Yankees had a tough day Tuesday. Their team bus struck a gate while leaving Fenway Park after their 4-3 loss to the Sox and broke a window. There were no injuries . . . The 11th From Fenway to the Runway fund-raiser will be Thursday afternoon at Saks Fifth Avenue at the Prudential Center. Peter Abraham can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.