The Sox would not get another man to second base until there was one out in the eighth inning. In the meantime, Gil Meche (7.1-6-1-1-6) throughly outpitched Curt Schilling (4-8-5-2-5) (Box). It was the longest Opening Day outing by a Royals starter since 1988 -- and it was Schilling's shortest outing in his last 285 starts (he went four innings against the Reds on August 26, 1997).
No fastball command. I did not adjust. I can't remember ever having that be the case. I just didn't adjust. I knew early on I wasn't commanding my fastball well. I never made the adjustment.Youkilis finished with two singles, as did Dustin Pedroia, though he stupidly tried to stretch the first one into a double in the second and was thrown out by about 15 feet. JD Drew walked and singled in three trips, Julio Lugo singled in his fourth at-bat after three strikeouts, and Mike Lowell doubled in the ninth.
Hideki Okajima's first major league pitch was belted to deep right-center by John Buck for a home run to start the sixth, but Okajima settled down, retiring five of his next six batters, including two by way of the K.
For KC, Mark Grudzielanek had three hits and three RBI and Tony Pena Jr. triped twice and walked.
In relief of Schilling: Javy Lopez, Okajima, Brendan Donnelly, Joel Pineiro and JC Romero.
Not only did we get completely outplayed by the Royals -- and New York and Toronto won -- but we have to wait until Wednesday night to take the field again. Damn off days.
Broadcast note: We opened with NESN! I thought we'd be stuck with ESPN, so this was a great surprise. ... But after the fourth pitch of the game, Don Orsillo's voice suddenly changed into Jon Miller's and we were subjected to Miller/Joe Morgan. ... Miller still acts much dumber than he really is and Morgan has not learned to formulate a coherent sentence. Same as it ever was.
W L PCT GB Magic #Curt Schilling / Gil Meche, 4 PM
Boston 0 0 .000 -- 163
Tampa Bay 0 0 .000 --
Baltimore 0 0 .000 --
Toronto 0 0 .000 --
New York 0 0 .000 --
Julio Lugo SS David DeJesus CFToo bad DeJesus doesn't go by Dave. Everyone in KC's lineup would have a four-letter first name. That's the kind of togetherness that builds winning chemistry. John Kruk told me that.
Kevin Youkilis 1B Mark Grudzielanek 2B
David Ortiz DH Mark Teahen RF
Manny Ramirez LF Mike Sweeney DH
J.D. Drew RF Alex Gordon 3B
Mike Lowell 3B Ryan Shealy 1B
Jason Varitek C Ross Gload LF
Coco Crisp CF John Buck C
Dustin Pedroia 2B Tony Pena Jr. SS
Schilling beat the Rangers on Opening Day last year, allowing five hits and two runs over seven innings. ... Red Sox 2007 OD preview. ... Commenter s1c has pitcher-batter matchup stats.
Meche, who signed a 5/55 deal over the winter, will get the ball on Opening Day for the first time in his career. ... Kansas City's Rookie of the Year candidate Alex Gordon starts at third base and bats fifth.
This is the fifth straight year and the 11th time in the last 12 seasons that the Red Sox have opened on the road. The results:
04-01-96 at Tex L 3- 5Damn, I remember that '02 game all too clearly -- sitting in the Rivieria in NYC watching Pedro get pounded by the Jays. What'd he last? 3 innings? ........... Yup.
04-02-97 at Ana W 6- 5
04-01-98 at Oak W 2- 0 (Pedro's Sox debut)
04-05-99 at KC W 5- 3
04-04-00 at Sea W 2- 0
04-02-01 at Bal L 1- 2 (11)
04-01-02 vs Tor L 11-12
03-31-03 at TB L 4- 6
04-04-04 at Bal L 2- 7
04-03-05 at NYY L 2- 9
04-03-06 at Tex W 7- 3
More: It looks like Beckett will pitch Opening Day at Fenway on April 10. It appears that Matsuzaka will pitch the 10:00 AM Patriots Day game April 16 against the Angels and the Fox game against the Yankees in Fenway on April 21. (However, Dice is not slated to pitch during the team's first trip to Toronto (boo).)
Five of the first nine games of the season are weekday day games. And I love seeing that stretch of games on 20 straight days (April 10-29).
Ortiz: "If we stay healthy, I'm pretty sure this is going to be a hell of a year."