Hello from Fenway Park and the home opener of the 2014 season. Here are the lineups:
|BREWERS (1-2)||RED SOX (2-1)|
|Carlos Gomez, CF||Daniel Nava, RF|
|Jean Segura, SS||Dustin Pedroia, 2B|
|Ryan Braun, DH||David Ortiz, DH|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||Mike Napoli, 1B|
|Jonathan Lucroy, C||Mike Carp, LF|
|Logan Schafer, RF||Grady Sizemore, CF|
|Khris Davis, LF||Xander Bogaerts, SS|
|Scooter Gennett, 2B||A.J. Pierzynski, C|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||Will Middlebrooks, 3B|
|Pitching: RHP Marco Estrada (7-4, 3.87 in 2013)||Pitching: RHP Jake Peavy (12-5, 4.17 in 2013)|
Game time: 2:05 p.m. Pregame ceremonies start at 1 p.m.
TV/radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI
Red Sox vs. Estrada: Gomes 0-2, Ortiz 1-2, Pedroia 0-1, Pierzynski 0-2.
Brewers vs. Peavy: Ramirez 5-22, Reynolds 3-20, Overbay 1-9, Weeks 3-6, Braun 1-5, Gomez 0-3.
Stat of the Day: Xander Bogaerts reached base safely in the first three games of the season. The last younger Red Sox player to do that was 19-year-old Bobby Doerr in 1937.
Hot hitters: Bogaerts is 5 for 9 with three walks . . . Pedroia is 7 of 15 with a double. He has a six-game hitting steak dating back to last season . . . Ortiz is 5 of 13 with a home run and three RBIs.
In relief: The Red Sox bullpen in 7⅔ innings this season: 6 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts.
Key player: Peavy returned to Boston ahead of the team Thursday so he could get a full night of rest. His teammates got in well after midnight, so how Peavy handles the early innings could be the key to the game. This is one case where a team truly needs the starter to set the tone.
Brawny Braun: Ryan Braun is playing on the road for the first time since returning from his 65-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. He is 8 for 25 in six games at Fenway Park with three home runs.
Notes: The Brewers were last at Fenway in 2011. The Sox are 113-109 against Milwaukee . . . The Sox were 14-6 in interleague games last season . . . Peavy is 3-3 with a 2.48 ERA in nine career starts against Milwaukee, the last one coming on Sept. 6, 2008. Peavy was 4-1, 4.04 in 10 starts for the Sox last season . . . Estrada faced the Red Sox on June 17, 2011, and took the loss, giving up three runs on four hits over three innings.
Song of the Day: “Diamonds” by Rihanna.Peter Abraham can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @peteabe.