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Ace overpowers Rays
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Red Sox 5, Rays 3
Josh Beckett issued just three free passes in Tuesday's opener. (AP)
Josh Beckett came out dealing to open the 2009 season, registering 10 strikeouts and scattering two hits over seven dominating innings. Dustin Pedroia and Jason Varitek each went deep, while J.D. Drew, Jason Bay and Mike Lowell each notched RBIs.
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Series at a glance:
TB
Tampa Bay (0-1)
Lost 1
Boston 5, Tampa Bay 3   BOS
Boston (1-0)
Won 1
April 7, 2009
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Tampa Bay
0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0   3 3 0
Boston
1 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 X   5 9 0
Standings thru 4/7/09  |  Recap: TB | BOS  |  Gameday  |  Rays stats  |  Red Sox stats
Tampa Bay AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Iwamura, 2B 2 1 1 0 2 1 0 .500
Crawford, C, LF 3 0 1 1 0 1 2 .333
Longoria, 3B 4 0 1 2 0 1 4 .250
Pena, C, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 4 3 .000
Burrell, DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000
Joyce, CF 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000
Navarro, D, C 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000
Gross, RF 3 1 0 0 1 3 0 .000
Bartlett, SS 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 .000
Totals 29 3 3 3 4 14 12  

BATTING
2B: Crawford, C (1, Beckett).
TB: Longoria; Crawford, C 2; Iwamura.
RBI: Crawford, C (1), Longoria 2 (2).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Longoria; Burrell 2.
SF: Crawford, C.
Team RISP: 2-for-7.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
SB: Gross (1, 2nd base off Beckett/Varitek), Bartlett (1, 3rd base off Masterson/Varitek), Iwamura (1, 2nd base off Masterson/Varitek).

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Crawford, C (Youkilis at 3rd base).
DP: (Longoria-Pena, C).

 
Boston AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ellsbury, CF 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
Pedroia, 2B 3 2 1 1 1 0 0 .333
Ortiz, D, DH 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 .333
Youkilis, 1B 4 1 2 0 0 0 2 .500
Drew, J, RF 3 0 1 1 1 0 2 .333
Bay, LF 3 1 1 1 1 0 3 .333
Lowell, 3B 4 0 1 1 0 0 5 .250
Lowrie, SS 4 0 1 0 0 2 0 .250
Varitek, C 4 1 1 1 0 0 2 .250
Totals 32 5 9 5 4 3 15  

BATTING
2B: Drew, J (1, Shields), Lowell (1, Shields), Youkilis (1, Shields).
HR: Pedroia (1, 1st inning off Shields, 0 on, 1 out), Varitek (1, 6th inning off Shields, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Ortiz, D; Lowell 2; Youkilis 3; Lowrie; Varitek 4; Bay; Drew, J 2; Pedroia 4.
RBI: Pedroia (1), Drew, J (1), Bay (1), Lowell (1), Varitek (1).
2-out RBI: Bay; Lowell.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lowell 2; Varitek; Bay.
GIDP: Lowell.
Team RISP: 2-for-9.
Team LOB: 7.

 
Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Shields (L, 0-1) 5.1 9 5 5 3 2 2 8.44
Cormier 1.2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.00
Nelson, J 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
 
Boston IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Beckett (W, 1-0) 7.0 2 1 1 3 10 0 1.29
Okajima 0.1 0 2 2 1 1 0 54.00
Masterson (H, 1) 0.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Papelbon (S, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00

WP: Cormier.
HBP: Bartlett (by Okajima).
Pitches-strikes: Shields 100-64, Cormier 21-13, Nelson, J 10-8, Beckett 93-61, Okajima 12-6, Masterson 9-7, Papelbon 15-8.
Groundouts-flyouts: Shields 7-4, Cormier 3-2, Nelson, J 1-1, Beckett 4-4, Okajima 0-0, Masterson 0-1, Papelbon 0-0.
Batters faced: Shields 27, Cormier 6, Nelson, J 3, Beckett 26, Okajima 3, Masterson 3, Papelbon 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Masterson 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Tim Tschida. 1B: Bob Davidson. 2B: Jeff Nelson. 3B: Mark Carlson.
Weather: 45 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 17 mph, L to R.
T: 2:39.
Att: 37,057.
Venue: Fenway Park.
April 7, 2009
April 7, 2009

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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