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Red Sox vs. Brewers home opener live blog: Ringing in a new season at Fenway Park

04.04.14 at 1:25 pm ET
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Catch all the latest news, analysis and updates from Fenway Park on Friday, where the Red Sox are commemorating last year’s championship and launching a new year in their home park. WEEI.com is on the scene from Fenway with the details of everything that is transpiring both in the game and the ceremony:

 

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John Henry: ‘I had no input whatsoever’ regarding Boston Globe editorial critical of Jerry Remy

04.04.14 at 12:56 pm ET
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Red Sox owner John Henry checked in with Mut & Merloni on Friday, shortly before the start of Opening Day at Fenway Park, and touched on the Jerry Remy controversy while clarifying his relationship with The Boston Globe staff after his purchase of the newspaper last year.

Henry has voiced support for the longtime NESN Red Sox broadcaster whose son sits in jail accused of murdering his girlfriend. Remy has acknowledged enabling his son, who has a long history of domestic abuse accusations.

A week after the Globe published a lengthy, detailed story about Jared Remy‘s sordid history and his father’s attempts to protect him, the paper posted an editorial calling for Remy to delay his return to the NESN booth. This created confusion among Red Sox Nation, as it was believed that Henry would have to approve of his paper’s editorial.

Henry explained that that was not the case, insisting: “I had no input whatsoever, and I disagreed with it.”

“If it’s my paper, they’re second-guessing me,” Henry said. “As far as I’m concerned, it’s not my paper with regard to the Red Sox. They asked me if I wanted to see that article. There’s no way that I’m going to tamper with or even see in advance an article on the Red Sox. There has to be a wall there.”

Added Henry: “They have to be independent of me. If they can’t act independently, then it’s not The Boston Globe that we’ve all known over these years.”

Henry declined to reiterate his support for Remy, noting that he has done so already. However, asked if he thinks Remy will make it through the season, Henry replied: “I do.”

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John Farrell looks forward to an extra special opening day: ‘This is a day we should all enjoy’

04.04.14 at 12:25 pm ET
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Red Sox manager John Farrell says the 2014 home opener at Fenway Park will be something extra special as the team receives its rings for the 2013 World Series title and Boston Marathon bombing victims and first responders are honored as an inspiration during the team’s championship run.

“Opening day on the road or at home, they’re special in their own right,” Farrell said. “This one will obviously have a lot of significance to it, given how special 2013 was and I’m sure there’ll be a flashback or two in the minds of everyone, particularly what might stand out most clear and readily in each and every guy. This is a day we should all enjoy.”

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Red Sox-Brewers series preview

04.04.14 at 11:20 am ET
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It’€™ll be a special day at Fenway on Friday afternoon as the reigning World Series champions return home for the first time since beating the Cardinals in Game 6 of the 2013 Fall Classic.

The rings will be distributed, the banner will be displayed and the Red Sox will kick off the first home series of the season, taking on the Brewers.

The ceremonies are set to begin at 1 p.m. and include a helicopter flyover from the U.S. Coast Guard, a performance by the Dropkick Murphys and Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, and of course, the ring ceremony, as well as a tribute to the fallen firefighters who died in the nine-alarm blaze in the Back Bay on March 26.

“I’m pretty sure it’s going to be emotional,” first baseman Mike Napoli told MLB.com. “Boston knows how to put on a good ceremony. I’ve seen it before. I imagine the atmosphere is going to be amazing and the fans are going to be going nuts. It’s going to be a fun day. I’m looking forward to it.”

First pitch is set for 2:05 p.m., with the Brewers coming to Fenway for the first time since 2011.

The Red Sox opened the season on a positive note, taking the final two games of the series against the Orioles after dropping the opener. The Brewers, on the other hand, dropped two of three to the Braves despite solid performances from their starting pitchers. This is the earliest in the season the Brewers have ever faced an American League opponent in interleague play. The Red Sox have won seven of the nine interleague contests between the two clubs.

Here are the pitching matchups for the first home series of 2014.

Friday: Jake Peavy (0-0, 0.00) vs. Marco Estrada (0-0, 0.00)

Saturday: Clay Buchholz (0-0, 0.00) vs. Wily Peralta (0-0,0.00)

Sunday: Jon Lester (0-1, 2.57) vs. Yovani Gallardo (1-0, 0.00)

WHO’€™S HOT: RED SOX

Xander Bogaerts isn’€™t having much trouble adjusting to his role as the team’s everyday shortstop. The 21-year-old has reached base in eight of his 11 plate appearances, going 5-for-9 with a double and drawing three walks in the opening series. Batting out of the 5-hole in the rubber match with the Orioles on Thursday, Bogaerts went 3-for-4 and scored twice. While he’€™s batted either fifth or seventh in the lineup so far, he’€™s making a case for a shot at an audition in the leadoff spot, since there seems to be some uncertainty at the top of the order.

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Friday’s Red Sox-Brewers matchups: Jake Peavy vs. Marco Estrada

04.04.14 at 10:50 am ET
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Once the Opening Day ceremonies at Fenway Park are over and the Red Sox have received their World Series rings, Boston will send Jake Peavy to mound on Friday against Brewers righty Marco Estrada.

“If you can’€™t have an Opening Day start [of the season], what’€™s better than the home opener coming off a World Series win and ring ceremony,” Peavy said, (via MLB.com). “I’€™m excited, and like I said, I’€™m doing everything I can to get prepared for that start, and I’€™ll leave it all out there.”

Peavy comes into the afternoon tilt after one of the best springs of his career as the 32-year-old posted a 2.13 ERA with a 1.03 WHIP in three starts. His spring got off to a late start after he cut his non-pitching hand while he was out fishing with his son in early March.

The right-hander is entering his first full season with the Red Sox after he was part of a three-team trade in July that sent him from the White Sox to Boston. Peavy accumulated a 4-1 record with a 4.04 ERA during his time with the Red Sox in 2013.

Peavy has not taken on the Brewers since the 2008 season when he was with the Padres. Peavy ultimately picked up the loss after tossing seven innings of one-run ball in the early-September game. The only players who are still in Milwaukee from that 2008 starting lineup are Rickie Weeks and Ryan Braun. Overall, Peavy holds a 3-3 record with a 2.48 ERA in nine starts against the Brewers.

For Estrada, Friday’€™s outing will mark the first time he has started a game against the Red Sox. The 30-year-old came on in relief in a game in June of 2011 and took the loss after he gave up three runs on four hits in four innings on the mound. Consequently, Estrada has limited experience against the Red Sox lineup and has only faced four players on two occasions each.

Estrada comes into the game after a spring training in which he earned a 2.16 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP in six outings. In his last start of the spring on March 29, Estrada threw five scoreless innings against the Royals.

Brewers vs. Peavy (RHP)

Aramis Ramirez (23 plate appearances): .227AVG/.261 OPB/.409 SLG, 1 double, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts

Mark Reynolds (21): .150/.190/.150, 1 walk, 11 strikeouts

Lyle Overbay (13): .111/.385/.111, 4 walks, 2 strikeouts

Rickie Weeks (7): .500/.571/.500, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Ryan Braun (6): .200/.333/.200, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Kyle Lohse has one strikeout in four plate appearances vs. Peavy.

Carlos Gomez and Zach Duke have two strikeouts in three and two plate appearances vs. Peavy, respectively.

Red Sox vs. Estrada (RHP)

David Ortiz (2): .500/.500/.500, 1 strikeout

Jonny Gomes has two strikeouts in two plate appearances vs. Estrada.

Dustin Pedroia has one walk in two plate appearances vs. Estrada.

A.J. Pierzynski is hitless in two appearances vs. Estrada.

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Larry Lucchino on D&C: ‘By the end of the day today we’ll have closure on the 2013 season’

04.04.14 at 10:18 am ET
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Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino spoke with Dennis & Callahan on Friday morning about winning another World Series trophy and other news surrounding the team heading into Opening Day at Fenway Park. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

No MLB team has won back-to-back World Series titles since the Yankees in 1999 and 2000.

“The unpredictability of the game is where I would start,” Lucchino said of why winning consecutive championships is a challenge. “So many things have to go right for you in terms of health, in terms of randomness, chance — the other things that influence the upcoming games. Probabilities being what they are, it’s hard for those various factors to fall into place, and a couple of years in a row, that’s just not how numbers work, probabilities work. That’s one factor.

“I think the factor that everyone is gunning for you, is shooting for you, is a second factor. Human nature being what it is, there’s a possibility that players, team, management can be less-highly motivated. I don’€™t think that’s the case with this crew here, but those are some of the factors. I would put health up there — it probably deserves its own spot on the list — you’ve got to have consistently good health.”

The Red Sox have said since spring training that the 2014 season is about turning the page. For Lucchino and the team, finishing all of the World Series ceremonies and focusing on the new year is part of that process.

“We actually were eager to have the White House ceremony occur early in the year — ordinarily it gets set kind of haphazardly perhaps in May, perhaps in June,” Lucchino said. “It seemed to us the best thing to do was to get everything done up front. Ideally, we got a break in the schedule with the team being in Baltimore, so we wanted to do all of this — celebrate as I think we should, as our fans want us to do, but our players certainly want us and want themselves to turn the page.

“By the end of the day today we’ll have closure on the 2013 season — as glorious as it was, as much fun as it is to savor it, and look back on it, it is time to move ahead.”

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Red Sox lineup vs. Brewers: Grady Sizemore returns, Mike Carp in left field

04.04.14 at 10:13 am ET
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The Red Sox lineup against the Brewers for their home opener represents a repeat of the group the team used on Opening Day in Baltimore, with Mike Carp batting fifth and playing left field against the Brewers and right-handed starter Marco Estrada. Grady Sizemore, who sat out Thursday’s series finale against the Orioles, is back in center field and batting sixth.

RED SOX LINEUP

Daniel Nava, RF

Dustin Pedroia, 2B

David Ortiz, DH

Mike Napoli, 1B

Mike Carp, LF

Grady Sizemore, CF

Xander Bogaerts, SS

A.J. Pierzynski, C

Will Middlebrooks, 3B

Jake Peavy, SP

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