New Red Sox Mike Cameron, Adrian Beltre and Marco Scutaro were 5 for 9 with two runs scored, two walks and three RBI. They also played flawless defense.
Scott Schoeneweis also had a successful debut, throwing a perfect inning out of the bullpen.
“I think it’s great for them because there’s a lot of pressure here and it’s good to see them get the hits out of the way,” Kevin Youkilis said. “Sometimes there’s a little added pressure on the new guys.”
Cameron soaked up his first day as a Red Sox. He had his two sons with him in the clubhouse with him before the game, introducing them around.
“I want them to be a part of this, too,” he said. “This is a great day for me and my family.”
Jeremy Hermida, who didn’t play, said his father Larry came to town for the series and was excited to be at Fenway Park.
“He’s a real baseball junkie,” Hermida said. “This is big for him.”
A few other notes and quotes from Opening Day:
* Kevin Youkilis was 3 for 4 with two doubles, a triple and two RBI. He is the first Red Sox player to collect three extra-base hits on Opening Day since Carlton Fisk had a double and two home runs against the Yankees at Fenway Park on April 6, 1973.
* The Red Sox are now 54-55-1 on Opening Day, 23-17 at home and 11-16-1 against the Yankees in openers. The Red Sox had not opened the season with a victory against the Yankees since 1985. They have won four of their last five openers overall.
* Ryan Westmoreland, three weeks after having brain surgery, was in Theo Epstein’s box for the game. That was nice to see.
* The Yankees’ bullpen: 2.2 innings, 6 hits, 3 earned runs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout.
* Red Sox bullpen: 4.1 innings, 4 hits, 2 earned runs, 3 walks, 1 strikeout. But Schoeneweis, Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon did their jobs when they needed to be done.
* Papelbon on being back on the mound at Fenway after his Game 3 meltdown in the division series last season: “There couldn’t have been any better situation for me to go out there tonight. Yeah, I took a hit on the chin last year. But it happens in this
game, and I’m back for vengeance.”
With that, we are done for the night. Thanks to everybody who read the blog today and thanks for all the comments, too. The Sox are off tomorrow, but we’ll have a bunch of posts and hopefully a live chat.