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Closing Time: Edward Mujica, Red Sox offense falter in home opening loss to Brewers

04.04.14 at 5:32 pm ET
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Jake Peavy took a no-decision in the Red Sox' loss to the Brewers. (AP)

Jake Peavy took a no-decision in the Red Sox‘ loss to the Brewers. (AP)

A grand celebration yielded to an anticlimactic outcome for the Red Sox, as the team suffered a 6-2 loss to the Brewers in a Fenway Park home opener that featured the ring presentation ceremony for those who participated in the 2013 World Series triumph.

Boston’s bullpen had been outstanding through the early stages of the season, recording 9 2/3 scoreless innings to open the season before Edward Mujica entered a 2-2 tie and promptly gave up three runs before recording an out in the ninth inning, ultimately yielding four runs while recording two outs. While Mujica’s poor performance proved decisive, it is worth noting that the Sox amassed just five hits against the Brewers, going 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE RED SOX

– Mujica became the first Red Sox pitcher to give up more than three runs in a game in an outing where he was hit hard and made a key mistake in an effort to be aggressive. After he yielded a leadoff double, Mujica fielded a sacrifice bunt attempt and fired to third in an effort to gun down the lead runner. The tag attempt by Will Middlebrooks was late, giving the Brewers a first-and-third situation on which they immediately cashed in with a two-run double as the first stages of a four-run rally. It is worth noting that Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa were likely unavailable after having pitched each of the previous two nights.

Daniel Nava‘s tough start to the season continued. The Red Sox leadoff hitter went 0-for-4 and is now 2-for-17 (.118) to start the year.

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Photos: Red Sox home opener and ring ceremony

04.04.14 at 5:00 pm ET
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The Red Sox celebrated their 2013 World Series championship before Friday’s home opener against the Brewers. The ceremony included the presentation of players’ rings, tributes to the Boston Fire Department as well as victims of last year’s Marathon bombing, music from the Dropkick Murphys and Boston Pops, and much more. A team of WEEI photographers captured it all. Click here for the full slideshow.

The Red Sox honored all of Boston's championship teams since 2001 as part of Friday's ceremony. (WEEI)

The Red Sox honored all of Boston’s championship teams since 2001 as part of Friday’s ceremony. (WEEI)

John Henry on M&M: 2013 not ‘that big of a factor’ thanks to early success

04.04.14 at 1:46 pm ET
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John Henry

John Henry

Red Sox owner John Henry joined Mut & Merloni on Friday to discuss the 2014 season and contract extensions. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page. For Henry’s comments on Jerry Remy, click here.

For Henry, Boston’€™s early success has allowed the team to turn the page on the World Series championship in 2013.

“Winning cures everything,” Henry said. “The fact that we have two wins under our belt, I don’€™t know if we feel like we haven’€™t already turned the page. If we were 1-2 or 0-3, we’€™d be thinking about it, but I don’€™t think it’€™s that big of a factor.”

Boston’€™s one loss came on the first day of the season when Jon Lester came away with the loss€™ despite giving up just two runs on six hits in seven innings. During spring training, Lester and the team decided to put talks of a contract extension on hold.

“It’€™s not surprising that given where the market is right now, it’s just something we haven’€™t been chasing the market this way,” Henry said. “Some other teams have. Jon wants to come back. He really wants to be with this club. We’€™re going to do as we did with Dustin [Pedroia] last year — everything we can to bring him back. He’€™s an important part of this club, but we’€™re not going to do what some clubs might do.”

Lester has said that he will take a hometown discount to remain with the club.

“When someone says that, you need to treat them with respect,” Henry said. “I know Jon personally, so, no, you don’€™t try to take advantage. We didn’t try to take advantage of Dustin last year in his situation — I don’€™t feel we did.

“It won’€™t be easy to come to a deal, but we’€™re going to work very creatively, both sides, and hopefully there will be a deal.”

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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:

 

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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