Game 1: Red Sox at Rangers


Good afternoon from Texas. Here are the lineups for Opening Day:

RED SOX (0-0)
2 Jacoby Ellsbury CF
15 Dustin Pedroia 2B
13 Carl Crawford LF
20 Kevin Youkilis 3B
28 Adrian Gonzalez 1B
34 David Ortiz DH
23 Mike Cameron RF
39 Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
10 Marco Scutaro SS
Pitching: 31 Jon Lester LHP

5 Ian Kinsler 2B
1 Elvis Andrus SS
32 Josh Hamilton LF
29 Adrian Beltre 3B
10 Michael Young DH
17 Nelson Cruz RF
25 Mike Napoli 1B
8 Yorvit Torrealba C
20 Julio Borbon CF
Pitching: 36 C.J. Wilson LHP

Game time: 4:08 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN, ESPN (blacked out in Boston) / WEEI 850 AM

Last year: The Sox were 89-73, seven games out in the AL East. Texas was 90-72, winning the AL West. They beat the Rays (3-2) and the Yankees (4-2) in the playoffs before losing the World Series in five games against the Giants.


Red Sox lineup vs. Wilson: Ellsbury 0-1; Pedroia 2-5; Crawford 2-12, 1 HR; Youkilis 2-7; Gonzalez 0-1; Ortiz 1-10, 4 K; Cameron 0-3, 2 K; Saltalamacchia 0-2; Scutaro 2-16, 4 K. Total: 9-57 (.158).

Rangers lineup vs. Lester: Kinsler 2-16, 3 K; Andrus 4-12; Hamilton 5-16; Beltre 4-11; Young 4-23; Cruz 4-10; Napoli 3-6; Torrealba 0-0; Borbon 1-3. Total: 23-97 (.278).

Wilson vs. the Sox: 3-1, 1.42 (13 appearances/3 starts) in his career, 3-0, 0.86 (3 starts) in 2010. 21 IP, 11 H, 2 ER, 8 BB, 20 K

Lester vs. the Rangers: 3-1, 2.94 (7 starts) in his career, 1-1, 1.69 (3 starts) in 2010. 16 IP, 14 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 11 K

Sox vs. Rangers last season: The Red Sox were 4-6 against the Rangers, getting outscored 55-41. The Sox were 1-2 at Rangers Ballpark.

Terry Francona: Entering his 8th season with the Sox (654-480) and 12th season as a manager (939-843). Only five active managers (Tony La Russa 2,683, Jim Leyland 1,493, Dusty Baker 1,405, Bruce Bochy 1,274 and Mike Scioscia 981) have more victories. … In Red Sox history, only Joe Cronin (1935-47) has managed the team longer.

Ron Washington: Entering his 5th season with the Rangers (331-317).

Connections: Adrian Beltre played for the Red Sox last season. … Jarrod Saltalamacchia was with the Rangers from 2007 until July 31, 2010 when he was traded to the Red Sox for three minor leaguers. … Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale was a Texas coach from 2002-05 and managed their AAA team (Oklahoma City) from 2000-01. Michael Young played for him in 2001.


Random notes: The Sox were 14-19-2 in spring training, the Rangers were 13-16-1. … Matt Albers, Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, Bobby Jenks, Dennys Reyes and Dan Wheeler are in their first season with the Sox. … The Sox are 4-3 in season openers under Francona. They have won the World Series in two of the three years they lost the opener.

Song of the day: “Don’t Look Back” by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

“There’s nothin’ to lose, it’s a heartache
The deck’s stacked
So put your foot to the floor, darling
Tonight we’ll blow off the doors, baby
We’re gonna even the score
And honey we won’t look back”