Gerrit Cole: Gerrit Cole has one bad frame in season debut

Opening Day 3

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. It is a sign of the team being more aggressive and not wasting any opportunity. But it is his reality.

Here is a look at where eight major leaguers with Cincinnati-area ties will be opening the 2017 MLB season.

Comparing 2015 to 2016, the main difference we can see is that he used more four-seam fastballs in 2015 compared to 2016; his usage in 2016 was more in line with his previous years. Bogaerts is the first Red Sox in a half-century (since Conigliaro in the late-60s) to establish himself as such a longstanding cornerstone at such a young age. Boston, in other words, ought to be buzzing this morning about the start of the season.

Times have certainly changed, as is evident by the amount of times balls were put in play with shifts on last season.

But even in retirement, Big Papi's love and support for the Red Sox is still strong.

"We got the win, so that's all that matters". Some of it is to do with how Deflategate fed our sense of persecution, and ultimately delivered sweet retribution, all of which only intensified our bond with the Pats.

"Together, CITGO and the Boston Red Sox are a great team". Beckett and Lackey had won the World Series before arriving in Boston.

If you look towards the right field grandstand, you may noticed a new addition to Fenway Park.

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The team as a whole did not do well in strategic plays in 2016.

Cole will be an important piece to the Pirates team in 2017 and he will be put to the test right away in beantown.

The Pirates were sunk by a 5-run bottom of the fifth inning by the Red Sox on Monday afternoon.

The moving parts include a pitching staff that's missing starter David Price (left elbow strain) and two relievers to begin the season.

Through 4 2/3 innings pitched Gerrit Cole was dominating the Red Sox and appeared to be in total control.

Tyler Thornburg's shoulder injury is a culprit here.

"As a group, Jimmy and Dwight, myself, we've been looking forward to something like this for a while now", Lynn told's Scott Lauber.

Twins 7, Royals 1: Miguel Sano homered and drew the third bases-loaded walk during a terrible seventh inning for Kansas City's bullpen, and the Twins won an opener for the first time in nine years. He was acquired in a trade with the Chicago White Sox over the winter. All may not be lost with Smith, however. He chose to try it again two pitches later, but to no avail.

Bradley, who made an impressive catch up against the wall in center to end the Pirates' fourth, just missed a home run on a fly to right and legged out a two-out triple. In fact, about the only thing scouts don't like about Sale is his violent whipping delivery. No matter who you think should've won the final roster spot, it's hard to argue that Selsky didn't deserve it. Ortiz retired after 14 remarkable seasons with the Sox, turning the clubhouse over to veteran second baseman Dustin Pedroia, a handful of emerging stars - particularly in the outfield - and a solid but banged-up rotation that features newcomer Chris Sale.