The Boston Red Sox are back, and they returned with authority in a 13-2 thumping of the Baltimore Orioles in the 2020 season opener. Read below for a recap of our live updates from the game.
Recap: Red Sox-Orioles
Rio Ruiz hit his first home run of the season and the first of 2020 for the Orioles, but the Red Sox still lead 13-2.
The bottom of the Red Sox order continues to do damage. Jackie Bradley Jr. skied a double that scraped off the Green Monster to drive in two more runs. Jose Peraza tacked on another RBI double after that to give the Sox a 13-1 lead after six innings.
The Orioles are finally on the board. No shutout for the Red Sox tonight, as a Renato Nunez double off Nathan Eovaldi made it 10-1 Red Sox.
Three straight singles by Xander Bogaerts, Kevin Pillar, and Christian Vazquez have really broken the game open for the Red Sox. They’re up 10-0 after four innings.
Martinez is on the board again, this time rocking a ground rule double that bounced into the right field seats. The two-run double followed up a bases-loaded walk by Andrew Benintendi. The Red Sox’ lead is up to 7-0.
How about Kevin Pillar? The Red Sox’ new right fielder supplemented his highlight catch in the first inning with a two-run double to score Martinez and Devers. The Red Sox have a 4-0 lead through three innings.
J.D. Martinez extended the Red Sox’ lead to 2-0 after ripping an RBI double all the way to the Green Monster. The hit brings Rafael Devers to the plate with just one out and Martinez on second base.
After Jackie Bradley Jr. led off the bottom of the third inning with a double, ninth batter Jose Peraza drove him home with an RBI double to follow it up. The Red Sox are up 1-0 in the third.
Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi is through his first inning of the season, retiring the first three Orioles in order. Leadoff hitter Austin Hays took him to the warning track, but new Red Sox right fielder Kevin Pillar made a nice leaping catch. He’ll do a lot of this at Fenway.
Tony Massarotti previewed the 2020 Red Sox and spoke with Michael Silverman of The Boston Globe in the final Baseball Reporters show before the season opener.
Jackie Bradley Jr. took a knee during the national anthem.
The Red Sox wore “Black Lives Matter” shirts during their pregame warmups. The team also installed a massive “Black Lives Matter” sign outside Fenway Park.
Here’s the official Red Sox lineup for opening night:
1. Andrew Benintendi, LF
2. J.D. Martinez, DH
3. Rafael Devers, 3B
4. Xander Bogaerts, SS
5. Kevin Pillar, RF
6. Christian Vázquez, C
7. Michael Chavis, 1B
8. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
9. José Peraza, 2B
Friday, 11:35 a.m.
The Red Sox announced that Jackie Bradley Jr. will be mic’d up during the season opener. Bradley will be the first of many coaches and players to provide sound throughout the season.
Red Sox-Orioles: Previous Updates
Thursday, 7:05 p.m.
Our own Tony Massarotti has been hosting The Baseball Reporters all week, as the show makes its triumphant return along with the start of the shortened 2020 season. Listen above for the latest episode.
Thursday, 1:36 p.m.
Here is the Red Sox’ 30-man roster to begin the season:
Ranking The No-Hitters
Our own Alex Barth ranked all 18 no-hitters in franchise history for the Red Sox. From Cy Young to Jon Lester, here’s the full list.