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Game 1: Opening Day!


That's all I can say. Finally! Finally! Finally!

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

3. Carl Crawford, LF

4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B

5. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B

6. David Ortiz, DH

7. Mike Cameron, RF

8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C

9. Marco Scutaro, SS

We've all got our various complaints about the lineup, but it is what it is. And it's still got all those big names, big bats, and, uh, Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Wait, wait, let me just get this off of my chest:

Adrian Gonzalez

OK, OK, moving on.

Texas also has quite the lineup today, featuring no fewer than one Josh Hamilton!

1. Ian Kinsler, 2B

2. Elvis Andrus, SS

3. Josh Hamilton, LF

4. Adrian Beltre, 3B

5. Michael Young, DH

6. Nelson Cruz, RF

7. Mike Napoli, 1B

8. Yorvit Torrealba, C

9. Julio Borbon, CF

Oh, and some guy named Beltre. Never heard of him before, though.

As with almost all Opening Day matchups, it's ace vs. ace time. For the Red Sox, that means Jon Lester, and for the Rangers, C.J. Wilson. I'll take our guy over theirs, but with it being April and the matchups being what they are, the Sox might have a tough game to start the season.

It's the Red Sox! They're back! They're playing baseball!

Welcome to the 2011 Regular Season!