Johnny Pesky was on hand while Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek tossed out the first pitches to Jim Rice and Dwight Evans. The stage was set to welcome Fenway Park into its 100th season. Josh Beckett lived up to the occasion and recovered nicely from his poor first start to pitch a gem at the Red Sox home opener. After giving up a run in the second, Beckett settled in nicely and pitched through the eighth inning allowing just five hit.
The Red Sox offense woke up in the third inning and scored three runs off of Price. Leading 3-1 in the eighth, the Sox batted around and scored eight runs to put the game far out of reach.
The only bad news for the Red Sox in the game was the injury to Ellsbury and Melancon giving up another home run.
Red Sox 12 Rays 2 BOXSCORE