After a days delay due to yesterday’s manhunt of the second Boston Marathon bombing suspect, the Red Sox played their first post-bombing home game against the Royals at Fenway on Saturday. Trailing Kansas City by a run into the eight inning, Boston came to bat n the home half of the frame. Jonny Gomes doubled into center field and Dustin Pedroia drew a walk. Following a Royals double-play on a ground ball hit by David Ortiz. The Royals went to reliever Kelvin Herrera who placed Mike Napoli on first with a walk. With two out and men on second and third, Daniel Nava hit a long ball that landed in the Red Sox bullpen and gave the home team a 4-2 lead.
The Royals again threatened in the top of the 9th when Lorenzo Cain homered to left field bringing the Royals within a run. Jeff Francoeur singled into center and George Kottaras walked to place runners at first and second with two outs. The Red Sox held onto the lead and the game when Alex Gordon hit a grounder to short. Steven Drew opted to throw to the first base bag and Boston prevailed.
The ceremonies today at Fenway included visits by injured participants in the race, dignitaries representing the law enforcement community and Neil Diamond himself to aid the crowd in singing “Sweet Caroline.” In a departure from Saturday norms at the park, Boston’s home uniforms were substituted for home white jerseys displaying the word “BOSTON” instead of the usual “Red Sox,” as a show of unity with the residents of the city.
- Fenway Park Joins in for National Anthem Before Red Sox’ First Home Game Since Boston Marathon (Video) (nesn.com)
- Ortiz Tells Boston Red Sox Crowd: ‘This Is Our (expletive) City’ (boston.cbslocal.com)
- Red Sox To Wear Special ‘Boston’ Jerseys Saturday (boston.cbslocal.com)
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