Finally, a regular season game was played.
Jorge Posada, Curtis Granderson and Dustin Pedroia all homered and are, on pace for a realistic 162 homers this season.
More impressively, Kevin Youkilis went 3-for-4, scored three runs and drove in two. That’s a 486-run pace.
In other, more realistic news. CC Sabathia looked good for a while, but ended up with he same five runs given up that Josh Beckett had. Respective 8.44 and 9.64 ERAs to crack open the new season. Neither pitcher got a decision.
Hideki Okajima, one of the top holds guys in the league got a relief win for the Red Sox. Chan Ho Park took the loss and Jonathan Papelbon notched save No. 1.
Posada’s homer was the first of the 2010 season. He hit the Pesky Pole just a little while after Johny Pesky shook hands with current-day Red Sox on the field during pregame announcements.
Jacoby Ellsbury was 0-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts and he left five runners on base. Ugly first day for Ellsbury owners. Notice how I didn’t mention Big Papi until now? There’s a reason for that. David Ortiz will be a non-story in 2010.
There were still a handful of teams making last minute roster decisions on Sunday and some of them are interesting:
Nate McLouth — Yesterday we weren’t sure if McLouth was going to play, but he was cleared and will be in the lineup Monday.
John Raynor — Pirates outfield prospect made the team. He’s 26 this season and could be a stolen base threat. He hit for decent average in A and AA before his .255 in AAA last season.
Jake Fox — Made the roster as the backup to Athletics catcher Kurt Suzuki. Fox is a favorite of ours since last season and only needs opportunity. He plays infield, outfield and catcher, so he should get a chance soon.
Several players were placed on the DL as expected, including Cliff Lee (15), Daisuke Matsuzaka (15) and Matt Joyce (15).
Eric Chavez — Will take cuts at designated hitter after Jack Cust was designated for assignment. We’re not afraid to give out second chances, but Chavez is not going to hit you 25-30 homers any more and his average will drag your team down. He’d have to be on a really hot streak and you’d have to be really desperate to pick him up off waivers, but stranger things have happened.
That’s it for this morning. As usual, let us know what we missed. And if you want to talk lineups, adds/drops or anything else, just leave a comment below.