Final, 10:50 p.m. — Red Sox 13, Orioles 2: There wasn’t much doubt about this one after the fifth inning.
The Red Sox offense teed off to the tune of 17 hits, including eight doubles — a Red Sox Opening Day record — to beat the O’s. Nathan Eovaldi threw six strong innings for the win, and the Red Sox couldn’t have asked for a better opening night.
Top 7th, 10:01 p.m.: The Red Sox scored more runs — Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run double in the sixth — and Eovaldi’s night is done. He threw six strong innings, gave up five hits, one run and struck out four.
Austin Brice is in the game for the Red Sox with a 13-1 lead.
Bottom 6th, 9:50 p.m.: Kevin Pillar got the start in right field over Alex Verdugo and he’s making the most of it in his Red Sox debut. He’s 3-for-4 so far with three RBIs, and a nice catch to boot back in the first inning.
Top 6th, 9:42 p.m.: That might do it for Nathan Eovaldi, who just lost his bid for a shutout. He’s at 89 pitches through six, and with the Red Sox leading 10-1, there’s no sense in sending him out for the seventh.
Bottom 5th, 9:26 p.m.: One thing that’s not going that well for the Red Sox tonight: Andrew Benintendi in the leadoff spot. The left-fielder had a strong summer camp but he is 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts, the last of which he went down swinging and wasn’t pleased with himself.
Martinez continues to hit. He has reached base in all four of his plate appearances tonight with a walk, a single and two doubles.
Bottom 4th, 9:07 p.m.: Removing Tommy Milone from the game didn’t change much for the Orioles. Cody Carroll and former Red Sox Travis Lakins yielded the same results.
After loading the bases and walking in a run, Carroll left the game and J.D. Martinez wasted no time with his former teammate Lakins, hitting a rocket to right field that came a few feet short of a grand slam, instead falling for a ground-rule double. He’s now 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and three RBI.
The Red Sox weren’t done either, as the Orioles still hadn’t recorded an out in the inning. They tacked on two more runs with RBI singles from Xander Bogaerts, Christian Vazquez and Kevin Pillar and the game has been broken wide open. It’s 10-0 Red Sox.
Batting practice usually ends at 5:30 PM but I guess it’s going long tonight
— Jason Mastrodonato (@JMastrodonato) July 25, 2020
Top 4th, 8:38 p.m.: Eovaldi, who was back wearing No. 17, ran into his first scare of the game after Jose Iglesias doubled to right and Rafael Devers committed an error on a misfired throw to first, but he got a stroke of luck when Chris Davis lineout to first doubled off the runner.
Eovaldi is through four scoreless as the Red Sox lead 4-0.
Bottom 3rd, 8:30 p.m.: It’s a doubles party at Fenway, and the Red Sox love hitting them to the left-field corner. J.D. Martinez made it 2-0 with his RBI double, and then Kevin Pillar followed with a two-out, two-run double to make it 4-0. Orioles starter Tommy Milone is suddenly having a very bad time.
Bottom 3rd, 8:13 p.m.: The Red Sox’ first two hits of the season come from their No. 8 and No. 9 hitters, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Jose Peraza, who both happened to be two of the team’s hottest hitters during summer camp.
Bradley led off the third with an opposite-field double to left, and Peraza followed with a double to left of his own to score Bradley and give the Red Sox a 1-0 lead. If both of those guys can produce this season, this offense could be ridiculous. Even more important for Bradley, who’s in a contract year.
Top 3rd, 8:12 p.m. A weird baseball season has already gotten weirder. Nathan Eovaldi, who normally wears No. 17, came out for the third wearing … No. 7?
No idea what’s going on with that. Maybe the 1 fell off his jersey? In a funny twist, Eovaldi’s catcher, Christian Vazquez, also wears No. 7.
No matter, anyway. Eovaldi gave up a leadoff hit in the inning, but retired the next three batters he faced to end the inning.
Bottom 2nd, 8:05 p.m. Eovaldi continues to look sharp, but we can’t say the same about his teammates at the plate right now. The Red Sox, expected to be explosive offensively this season, are hitless through two innings. Christian Vazquez became their first baserunner with a one-out walk in the second, but he was promptly picked off before Michael Chavis struck out to end the inning.
Christian Vazquez picked off first base. I think we’re going to see a lot of those mental mistakes aren’t we? Just so much to worry about and pay attention to in this unusual of seasons.
— Jason Mastrodonato (@JMastrodonato) July 25, 2020
No score between the Red Sox and Orioles.
Top 1st, 7:39 p.m.: Nathan Eovaldi said on Thursday that he feels as strong as ever has, and he certainly looked the part in the first inning.
Eovaldi produced a 1-2-3 inning. The righty hit 100 mph on his first pitch of the game before right-fielder Kevin Pillar made a terrific catch for the first out deep in right. He battled with Jose Iglesias before inducing a ground out to second, completing the inning in 14 pitches.
7:23 p.m.: The pregame introductions have concluded at Fenway Park. During the national anthem, Jackie Bradley Jr., Alex Verdugo, third-base coach Carlos Febles, bullpen coach Mani Martinez and first-base coach Tom Goodwin were among those to take a knee.
— Bill Koch (@BillKoch25) July 24, 2020
The Red Sox also paid tribute to the late former manager Eddie Kasko, former BC baseball captain Pete Frates, former player Mike Ryan and John Altobelli, the father of Sox scout J.J. Altobelli.
We’re ready for baseball at Fenway Park.
6:50 p.m. It’s been almost four months since the season was originally supposed to start, but we finally made it to Opening Day. The Red Sox open what should be a wild 60-game season tonight at Fenway Park against the Orioles that starts a three-game series this weekend.
Opening Day at Fenway Park. We made it. pic.twitter.com/2UDS8vX3Gw
— Steve Hewitt (@steve_hewitt) July 24, 2020
The Red Sox will send out right-hander Nathan Eovaldi to start Game 1 against Orioles lefty Tommy Milone. The game starts at 7:30 and will be broadcasted on NESN and WEEI. Keep it locked here for updates and analysis throughout the night.
Red Sox lineup:
Andrew Benintendi LF
J.D. Martinez DH
Rafael Devers 3B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Kevin Pillar RF
Christian Vázquez C
Michael Chavis 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Jose Peraza 2B