Varitek connects. (Jim Davis / Globe Staff)
A loud batch of cheers went up from the finish line area with no runners in sight a short time ago.
A message flashed on the giant TV screen alerting fans that Jason Varitek had hit a solo home run to put the Red Sox on top of the Orioles, 3-0, in the second inning.
- Matt Pepin, Boston.com sports editor
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior producer, two-time Boston Marathon sub-four hour runner.
- Ty Velde is a 15-time Boston qualifier who's completed 11 consecutive Boston Marathons and 23 marathons overall. Ty is now training for his 12th Boston run and will provide training tips for those who train solo and outside, no matter what temperature it is.
- Rich 'Shifter' Horgan is a 19-time Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team member who runs in honor of his father, who died of colon cancer. He will provide updates on local running events with a focus on the charitable organizations that provide Boston Marathon entries for their organization's fund raising purposes