Uniformed personnel from both teams wore patches with the town crest of Newtown, Conn., the site of the tragic shootings of schoolchildren and staff members in December. The image also was painted into the grass in front of both dugouts, and the color guard was composed of police officers and firefighters from the town.
Pedroia banged up
Dustin Pedroia, who ended last season with a broken finger on each hand and a torn muscle in his right thumb, dived headfirst into first base in the ninth with the Sox up by six runs. He spent some time with the trainers and a team doctor after the game, but claimed he was OK. Pedroia, who was 2 for 6, has hit safely in seven straight Opening Days . . . The Sox are still working through the paperwork of getting shortstop Stephen Drew cleared to play after his concussion. The process involved approval from Major League Baseball and the Players Association. Drew is ready to play in extended spring training games . . . According to USA Today’s survey of Opening Day payrolls, the Red Sox’ 25-man roster is fourth highest in the game. The Yankees ($228.83 million) are first with the Dodgers ($216.59 million), Phillies ($165.38 million), Red Sox ($150.65 million), and Tigers ($148.41 million) following . . . All 10 players in the Sox’ Opening Day starting lineup were 32 years old or younger for the first time since 2003.
Jackie Bradley Jr. was the first major league player to walk three times in his debut since Danny Ardoin of the Twins in 2000. He also was the first Red Sox player to debut on Opening Day against the Yankees since Tony Conigliaro in 1964. Bradley was the first Sox player to reach base in his first major league appearance on Opening Day since Joe Lahoud in 1968 . . . The Sox are 55-57-1 on Opening Day . . . The Sox snapped an eight-game losing streak dating to last season and a five-game streak against the Yankees . . . Derek Jeter, who was at the team facility in Florida, missed his first Opening Day for the Yankees since 2001.