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Red Sox beat Tigers, get World Series rings

CBSSports.com wire reports
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BOSTON -- The Red Sox trotted out the champions of Boston's past to celebrate their latest World Series win, with Hall of Famers Bobby Orr and Bill Russell among those carrying their sports' trophies onto the Fenway field to join the two won by the Red Sox.

Daisuke Matsuzaka was too busy warming up to see much.

"I did feel a little jealous," Matsuzaka said after the Red Sox ended their three-country, 16,000-mile odyssey with a 5-0 victory over the winless Detroit Tigers in their home opener Tuesday. "The ring had been put in my locker at some point during the game. I tried it on, and I must say it looked pretty good."

In an hourlong pregame ceremony that turned emotional when once-scorned first baseman Bill Buckner was given an enthusiastic welcome, the Red Sox received their World Series rings and raised a championship banner above center field. Then, they began to focus on the work of repeating.

"We needed to get through this day," said Boston manager Terry Francona, who took his team to Japan, California and Canada before opening up at home. "Now we can go about the business of playing baseball and seeing how good we can be."

Buckner, a goat of the 1986 World Series collapse that helped extend the team's title drought until 2004, received a standing ovation when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch to former teammate Dwight Evans. Current Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis went over to meet him.

"I've probably never almost been in tears for somebody else on a baseball field. I think that was just the most unbelievable thing," Youkilis said. "I wanted to shake his hand, because that's a true man in life."

There was red-white-and-blue bunting hanging from the stands, a Green Monster-sized American flag on the left-field wall -- covering a World Series banner -- and an Air National Guard flyover punctuating "The Star-Spangled Banner."

And, in the good ol' U.S. of A., the Red Sox haven't been beaten.

Youkilis had three hits and two RBI for the Red Sox, who began the day last in the AL East after a trip to Tokyo (where they went 1-1), Oakland (2-0) and Toronto (0-3). But they responded well in their return to Fenway, where they were 51-30 during the regular season last year and 6-1 in the postseason.

Matsuzaka (2-0) allowed four hits in 6 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts and four walks. Detroit, the only winless team in the majors despite the big leagues' second-highest payroll, is 0-7 for the first time since dropping its first nine games in 2003 en route to an AL record 119 losses.

"You get angry if people are going through the motions and if they're not trying," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "But that's not what's happening."

Kenny Rogers (0-2) allowed three runs -- two earned -- eight hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings. The Tigers are batting just .235 and have scored 15 runs this year, ahead of only Colorado (12) entering play Tuesday night.

The Tigers didn't hit, managing just five singles. They didn't field well, committing two errors after making three in their previous game. They didn't pitch well, allowing 12 hits, six walks and a balk.

"It's frustrating. Right now, we're the worst team in baseball because of the way we are playing, in all areas of the game," Rogers said. "I wanted to be the guy to turn things around. Every player in the locker room wants to be that guy."

J.D. Drew singled and scored in the second innings, and Manny Ramirez tripled and scored -- on a rare throwing error by second baseman Placido Polanco -- in the third. Julio Lugo singled and scored in the fourth, moving up on another error by the Tigers infield.

Boston added two more in the sixth to make it 5-0 when Jason Grilli gave up two hits and three walks.

Notes

  • Polanco's error in the third inning was his first since July 1, 2006, after 911 errorless chances and 186 errorless games, both major league records for a second baseman.
  • The team unveiled a new scoreboard video of Neil Diamond in a Red Sox jacket singing "Sweet Caroline." Owner Tom Werner also appears in the video. The team announced that Diamond will give a concert at Fenway on Aug. 23.
  • Buckner hadn't been to Fenway since 1997, when he was a coach with the Chicago White Sox.
  • The Red Sox said it was the first time all four trophies had been in the same place.
 
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David Ortiz shows off both of his World Series rings before the Red Sox's win Tuesday.  (Getty Images)
David Ortiz shows off both of his World Series rings before the Red Sox's win Tuesday. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Boston

K. Youkilis
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Boston

D. Matsuzaka
IP 6.2
H 4
ER 0
BB 4
K 7
 
Detroit Tigers
Edgar Renteria, SS4000001 .200
Placido Polanco, 2B3010110 .115
Gary Sheffield, DH4020011 .286
Magglio Ordonez, RF4010023 .276
Miguel Cabrera, 3B2000211 .100
Carlos Guillen, 1B4000014 .333
Ivan Rodriguez, C4000021 .148
Jacque Jones, LF4010020 .222
Brandon Inge, CF2000112 .286
Totals31050411  
Fielding
DP - Polanco-Renteria-Guillen, Cabrera-Renteria-Guillen
E - Miguel Cabrera (2, Throwing), Placido Polanco (1, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
Kenny Rogers (L,0-2) 4.2832330 3.38
Jason Grilli 1222310 19.29
Aquilino Lopez 2.1200020 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Kenny Rogers 107-56, Jason Grilli 41-23, Aquilino Lopez 35-25
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kenny Rogers 3-8, Jason Grilli 1-1, Aquilino Lopez 2-1
Batters Faced - Kenny Rogers 25, Jason Grilli 8, Aquilino Lopez 7
Boston Red Sox
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5020011 .273
Kevin Youkilis, 1B3132100 .400
David Ortiz, DH3000205 .103
Manny Ramirez, LF5110020 .242
    Jacoby Ellsbury, LF0000000 .200
Mike Lowell, 3B2000202 .200
J.D. Drew, RF3111121 .368
Jason Varitek, C4020013 .296
Coco Crisp, CF3011002 .250
Julio Lugo, SS4220002 .280
Totals32512466  
Batting
2B - Kevin Youkilis (2, Grilli)
3B - Manny Ramirez (1, Rogers)
SF - Kevin Youkilis (1), Coco Crisp (1)
RBI - Kevin Youkilis 2 (3), J.D. Drew (5), Coco Crisp (1)
2-OUT RBI - J.D. Drew (4)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Lowell-Pedroia-Youkilis
Boston Red Sox
Daisuke Matsuzaka (W,2-0) 6.2400470 1.47
Manny Delcarmen 1.1100020 3.38
Hideki Okajima 1000020 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Daisuke Matsuzaka 108-62, Manny Delcarmen 17-12, Hideki Okajima 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daisuke Matsuzaka 4-8
Batters Faced - Daisuke Matsuzaka 27, Manny Delcarmen 5, Hideki Okajima 3
Game Information
Attendance - 36567
Game Time - 3:29
Temperature - 46
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Charlie Reliford, Third Base - Kerwin Danley