Benintendi lifts Red Sox over Pirates 5-3 in post-Ortiz era

But it's worth noting Porcello never won more than 15 games until last season, when he was 27 years old - and Cole doesn't turn 27 until September.

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The Globe's most recent sports headlines delivered to your inbox every morning. Stephen Strasburg (1-0) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings. Even with the 3 ERs, Porcello had 5 strikeouts on the day. Pedroia fumbled for an apt metaphor to describe his longevity with the Sox, writes Peter Abraham. Of course, he's only had one. It seemed like every start for Rodriguez previous year ended up with him giving up runs early but that didn't stop the Red Sox from throwing him out there for 20 starts. This will be the first season since 2002 for Boston in which we don't see David Ortiz on opening day, who retired at the end of past year following one of the most productive final seasons in Major League Baseball history. He's actually gone deep in each of his last three openers, as he went deep as part of a 4-for-4 game for Double A Portland to kick-start his standout 2014 season. Jameson Taillon looked like the real deal previous year during his rookie season, gaining enough confidence from Pirates management that they expect him to be the number two behind Cole in the rotation. So to him, Gronk, 27, is more than "Yo soy fiesta".

Farrell wasn't ready to commit to an opening day lineup yet, saying he was waiting to see how the flu-stricken Mitch Moreland came through the workout. "Opening Day is like a holiday for us in baseball", Porcello said.

Selsky gives the Red Sox an extra first baseman and outfielder. Jackie Bradley Jr., Andrew Benintendi and Mookie Betts are going to light up this league and Betts is already a front-runner for American League MVP.

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"We've talked about (Benintendi's approach) pretty much from the time he came to the Big Leagues". Among all these discussions the name of RED SOX is always mentioned in bold letters. It didn't have to be on opening day, but the sooner the better.

The Red Sox host the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday afternoon in their season opener. He gave up three hits and left the game with one out and a 5-1 lead.

"His swing is so effortless and smooth, you can't tell if he ever over-swings the bat or not but for a guy of his stature, there's such great timing and fluidity to the swing, he creates easy power". Both the right-hander and right fielder were coming off subpar seasons and wanted to prove they could be the ace and the All-Star the Pirates so desperately need them to be.

After Opening Day, Porcello was pressed for a self-evaluation.

That day, Brandon Workman (Wareham) started for the West and Dan Butler (Y-D/Brewster) was a reserve catcher for the East.

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