Roche: Good Signs For Red Sox On Opening Day

April 5, 2012 12:00 AM
Roche: Good Signs For Red Sox On Opening Day
" DETROIT (CBS) – Opening Day 2012 is in the books for the Red Sox and it was a “mixed emotions” type of start for Boston.

The bottom line is that they fell to the Tigers 3-2 and a loss is not what you’re looking for… they saw 20 of those last September.

However, there were some good signs in this one:

–For all the talk there will be about the new Sox closer Alfedo Aceves failing in his first outing, the Sox got to Tiger closer Jose Valverde for two runs in the 9th inning. Valverde was 49-for-49 in closing situations last season. Dustin Pedroia started things off with a double and later Ryan Sweeney came up with a huge two-out triple to tie things up. Had to feel good for Sweeney and that ball didn’t miss going out by much. And for that matter, Cody Ross drilled a line drive right to short after Sweeney’s triple. That would have driven in the go-ahead run.

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–Jon Lester was impressive. Lester gutted through seven innings giving up just one run. He got double play balls and other big outs when he needed "

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