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BOS (1-1) @ OAK (1-1) - GM 3 - 10:05 p.m. EST

It's finally here! The day we've all been waiting for! Opening Day ... in America? ... for the Red Sox?

Whatever you want to call it, the Red Sox are playing tonight and the game actually counts in the standings. It may not feel like Opening Day, but let's treat it like it is the true one, right?

Here are your starters for tonight's game. For some reason, I feel like we've seen this one before...:

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2008 - Daisuke Matsuzaka 0-0 3.60 1.40 6 5

2008 - Joe Blanton 0-0 4.76 1.54 3 1

Here is the Red Sox's lineup for tonight:

  1. Ellsbury, rf
  2. Pedroia, 2b
  3. Ortiz, dh
  4. Ramirez, lf
  5. Lowell, 3b
  6. Youkilis, 1b
  7. Varitek, c
  8. Crisp, cf
  9. Lugo, ss

The A's lineup to come later.

JD Drew is still hurting so Coco Crisp takes his place in the lineup, but plays center, meaning Jacoby Ellsbury is in right field. Look at the consecutive speed in the lineup: Crisp, Julio Lugo and then Ellsbury -- all back-to-back. Please take advantage of this tonight, Tito.

I'm treating this as the first "real" game of the season. Yeah, Japan was nice but who knows what those performances would have been like if it wasn't after an 18-hour plane ride? Hopefully all the jet lag is out and we can actually play some real baseball.

Go Sox!