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Bill Buckner wins in managerial debut for Brockton Rox

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  May 26, 2011 09:47 PM

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Bill Buckner picked up a victory his managerial debut for the Brockton Rox Thursday night when the former Red Sox first baseman's team opened the 2011 CanAm League season with a 3-1 win over the Worcester Tornadoes at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton.

"We expect to win," Buckner said before the game. "I like what I've seen so far. I think we have a good defense, the pitching's been pretty solid so far, so that's good, it means we're going to be in all the games. We've got some guys that can play."

Rox catcher Chris Grossman hit a solo home run in the second inning and first baseman Melvin Falu went 3-for-4 with two RBIs to lead the Brockton offense. Righthanded starter Mike Smith picked up the win for the Rox, throwing five innings of one run ball.

Former Red Sox relief pitcher Bob Stanley threw out the first pitch.

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