PHILADELPHIA, PA – APRIL 06: Carlos Ruiz #51 of the Philadelphia Phillies kneels as Hanley Ramirez #13 of the Boston Red Sox gets congratulated by teammates Mike Napoli #12, Mookie Betts #50 and Allen Craig #5, after hitting a grand slam against the Philadelphia Phillies during Opening Day at Citizens Bank Park on April 6, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Red Sox won 8-0. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
There was a lot of talk over the offseason on how weak the Boston Red Sox pitching staff might be especially with Clay Buchholz as the anchor of the rotation. If Buchholz’s opening day start is any indication of how things may go, the Red Sox are definitely in good shape.
Behind seven shutout innings from Buchholz and five home runs, the Red Sox beat Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia Phillies 8-0 to open up the season.
Hanley Ramirez made his return to the Red Sox an eventful one as he had two home runs, including a broken bat grand slam in the 9th inning. Dustin Pedroia homered in his first AB of 2015 and added another as part of his three hits.
The hot hitting of Mookie Betts carried over into the regular season as he had two hits from atop the Red Sox lineup, including a home run as well.
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