--RHP Daniel Bard had given up four runs in an inning only once before in his career. This time, he was left wondering how it happened. Bard thought he made a perfect pitch, a slider down and away, to Rangers OF David Murphy in the eighth inning Friday. But Murphy lobbed it off the chalk down the left field line for a pinch-hit, two-run double that broke a 5-5 tie and started the Rangers to a 9-5 victory. Bard proceeded to allow two-out RBI doubles to Elvis Andrus and Josh Hamilton before being lifted by manager Terry Francona. "Nobody wants to start this way," Bard said after his worst inning since a four-run blitzing June 14, 2009, in Philadelphia. "But I think we'll be looking back on this and laughing about it a couple months from now."
--LHP Jon Lester has never had much success in his first start of the season, and Friday against the Rangers was nothing new. Making his first career Opening Day start, Lester allowed five runs on six hits, including three home runs, in 5 1/3 innings. Lester had never before allowed three homers in a start. Mike Napoli's three-run homer in the fourth inning staked the Rangers to a 5-3 lead.
"You can't dwell on it," Lester said. "Obviously, I'll think about it tonight and go over some stuff tomorrow, but back to work. You can't sit here and think about it. It makes it too long of a season. Obviously not (the opener I wanted), but hopefully, there will be another one down the road. We'll see."
--SS Marco Scutaro suffered an annoying injury Friday, a fairly minor one in relation to the debilitating shoulder and neck injuries he endured last year. Scutaro partially tore the nail off the index finger of his throwing hand while fielding a double-play grounder in the first inning. "I don't know if the ball took a bad hop or what, but when I went to field it, it hit me," Scutaro told the Boston Herald. "I'm just glad I cut my nails before the game." Scutaro said the nail, which was still bloodied after the game, bothered him a little as the game wore on, and it will probably hurt worse Saturday. He doesn't expect any lasting issues, though, because the nail did not detach.
--CF Jacoby Ellsbury's season ended in Texas last August when he collided with Rangers RHP Tommy Hunter while running to first base and suffered another cracked rib. But after a strong spring training, Ellsbury continued to prove Friday that he's finally healthy. Ellsbury reached base in four of five plate appearances, stole a base and scored two runs. His third-inning double marked his 400th career hit. "He looked good," manager Terry Francona said. "Again, (C.J. Wilson's) a tough lefty. Jake had good at-bats all day."
--RHP Matt Albers made a positive first impression. Coming on with one out in the sixth inning of Friday's season opener in relief of LHP Jon Lester, Albers got Texas C Yorvit Torrealba to ground into a forceout, walked Julio Borbon and induced a broken-bat groundout by Ian Kinsler. Albers, one of the last relievers to make the team, is noted for being able to get groundball outs. On Friday, he lived up to that billing.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"That's a (bleep) story. Things are going to be written. If he doesn't hit a home run, it's the end of the world. If he does hit a home run, here he goes. We're not worried about David. We know that, through 162 games, he's going to hit 30 (homers) and 100 (RBI) and do a lot of good things for us." -- Red Sox 3B Kevin Youkilis, on DH David Ortiz homering on Opening Day. Ortiz started slowly in each of the previous two seasons.
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