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Red Sox vs. Blue Jays lineup: Pedey’s back for the home opener! (Now how about everyone else?)

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It’s time to celebrate last year’s title at the Fens and to finally, blissfully, ring in the new season at home. Better 3-8 than never, especially not for Dustin Pedroia, who’s in the lineup! No you’re crying! You!

New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox
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The Red Sox return to Boston after a terrible road trip to start the season, the bad feelings from which could be wiped clean with a good win on what promises to be a festive day. The losses can’t be wiped away, but a Yankees fan friend of mine said the trip reminded him of the 1998 team — which merely won 114 games — and its early season struggles with a Pacific trip. So I looked it up and he was sorta right. They started 1-4 on a weird trip through Anaheim, Oakland and Seattle, but then they won the next 8 games and more or less all the rest of them after that, too. I hated that team, and now I hope the Red Sox become them.

If it looks like 1998 in other ways around here, its because taters are flying out at dangerous levels again, with L.A.’s Cody Bellinger on pace for about 132 of them or so. I wouldn’t rule out seeing another high-altitude home run race, and I’d like to see some of the non-Mitch Moreland Red Sox get in on the action against the talented but oft-injured Matt Shoemaker. He is not currently injured, and he is pitching well.

The Red Sox will pitch Chris Sale, about whom you know. He was bad the first time out but good the last time and will probably be good today, because he’s usually good. I know his velocity was down but he can’t exactly improve it by sitting on the bench, you know? Plus these guys are playing for a long, long season and it’s easy for us to forget that, especially when the team is losing, but I want Sale healthy and ready to go over the long haul, not necessarily now. That said, I would like him to be good today so the home opener makes everyone (i.e., me) feel good...

... though with Dustin Pedroia in the starting lineup, it will be hard for it not to no matter what. Aw geez guys this is great. Except Toronto’s lineup. That is very bad! No Vlad yet! Look for yourself:

Game 12 vs. Blue Jays

Lineup spot Blue Jays Red Sox
Lineup spot Blue Jays Red Sox
1 Freddy Galvis, SS Andrew Benintendi, LF
2 Teoscar Hernández, LF Mookie Betts, RF
3 Brandon Drury, 3B Mitch Moreland, 1B
4 Randal Grichuk, CF J.D. Martinez, DH
5 Danny Jansen, C Xander Bogaerts, SS
6 Lourdes Gurriel Jr., DH Rafael Devers, 3B
7 Richard Ureña, 2B Dustin Pedroia, 2B
8 Alen Hanson, 1B Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
9 Billy McKinney, RF Christian Vázquez, C
SP Matt Shoemaker, RHP Chris Sale, LHP