Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly calls his Opening Day effort 'pathetic'

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"I like the way he threw the ball in spring training".

"I'm excited to see what Eddy's going to do", Price said. No Rays batter had more than one hit, as Tampa Bay totaled only four hits.

Let's face it. We all want to feel good about the places we live or work.

"Everybody greeted me with a bunch of energy, a bunch of love", he said of the party that continued in the clubhouse. "In all my 9 and a half, 10 years, that was probably the best postgame celebration of any team I've been on". "Just a fun time".

After a strikeout to the next hitter, Smith had a chance to get out of the inning with the Sox still leading, but gave up a bases-clearing triple to Denard Span, and the Rays took a 5-4 lead. "It's the most exciting day in baseball, other than the playoffs".

It happens, man. It's part of the game. "I had a Rays jersey on, whoops", Sale laughed. But I learned a lot from those managers and a lot this year from [Astros manager] AJ Hinch. He passed away when I was 13 and how important he was. "We take this one off the chin, go back and get some sleep and come back (Friday) ready to go".

"It was a huge swing of emotions". "We battled all game and we were able to pull it off".

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It was a mistake that was made and they must move on now". "It is something I will regret for the rest of my life". At the end of the day it's my actions and I'm accountable". "I am extremely disappointed and regret my actions".

What it led to was the Red Sox' first win of the season, a 1-0 squeaker over the Rays at Tropicana Field. The other also came against the Rays while playing for the Minnesota Twins in 2016.

Sale was 4-4 against the Rays entering the 2017 season but dominated them in helping Boston win an 11-8 season series.

Quite the fun feat on what has already been a pretty fun opening day.

Rays opening day got off to an unexpected start this morning when St. Petersburg Fire Rescue was called to Tropicana Field to put out what team officials called "a small grease fire" on the 300 level.

The St. Petersburg Fire Department responded to the fire, which did not stop the ground crew from preparing the field for pregame workouts. As far as the Red Sox' lineup goes, it's a strong lineup, it's a good lineup. And it was revealed Wednesday that Nathan Eovaldi, expected to be the club's No. 3 starter, will be sidelined indefinitely with loose bodies in his pitching elbow.

The Red Sox supposedly have adopted a new philosophy of aggressiveness at the plate, including swinging at the first pitch, rather than working deep into the count. Kittredge pitched well in relief past year, with a 1.76 ERA in 15 games, but none of those outings were longer than 1 2/3 innings or 27 pitches. Austin Pruitt got the win to improve to 1-0 while Alex Colome logged his first save of the year. He's 3-3 with a 3.91 ERA in nine appearances, including eight starts, against his old team.

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