Game 2 - Red Sox
A's 5, Red Sox 1
A disjointed performance by the Sox to match my disjointed spectating experience. Worst Case Jon Lester showed up in his season debut, needing 83 pitches to get through 4 innings and allowing 4 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks. The offense didn't offer him much assistance, with Manny Ramirez' solo homer the only scratch. David Ortiz and Jason Varitek went 0-for-Japan, while Sean Casey made his Red Sox debut count, grounding into a 9th-inning double play to sew things up nicely for the A's.
Now the Sox head to Los Angeles for 3 games against the Dodgers. Seems a bit odd to have interleague play start so early, but I guess it's a nice geographical accomodation for the Sox.
Wait. What? Those are exhibition games, you say? The heck? The Sox don't play another real game until next Tuesday? What rocket surgeon came up with that? I most certainly do not approve of this.