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Crisp's double in the first.
Lowell's single in the fifth.
Pedroia's single in the seventh.
And Ortiz walked in the first.
John Smoltz (3.19, 122 ERA+) / Devern Hansack (13.50, 32 ERA+)
Smoltz suffered a dislocated right pinky finger in a loss to the Nationals on Monday. Before that, he had won four straight decisions and three straight starts. ... Bobby Cox used six pitchers in Game 1.
How rare was it to see the Red Sox arrive to Fenway Park on Saturday with a 10-game lead in the American League East? It marked the largest margin the Red Sox have had this early in the season in club history. The pennant-winning Sox of 1946 held a 10-game edge on June 11.Jeff Goldberg, Courant:
[It's]the first time in the 38-year history of the [AL East] a team has had a lead that large after 40 games. ... It is only the third time a team has led by at least 10 games this early. The 2001 Mariners led the AL West by 10 after 35 games and the 1977 Dodgers led by 10.5 games after 26 and by 11 after 40.