---- — SOX SET FOR OPENING DAY
The Boston Red Sox open the 2013 season today, opening at 1:05 p.m. with John Lester on the mound at Yankee Stadium in New York.
Yesterday, General Manager Ben Cherington announced the final cuts and demotions to pare down the final 25-man opening-day roster.
Designated hitter David Ortiz, and pitchers Craig Breslow and Franklin Morales were placed on the 15-day disabled list.
The final roster includes:
PITCHERS (12): Alfredo Aceves, Andrew Bailey, Clay Buchholz, Ryan Dempster, Felix Doubront, Joel Hanrahan, John Lackey, Jon Lester, Andrew Miller, Clayton Mortensen, Junichi Tazawa, and Koji Uehara.
CATCHERS (2): David Ross and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
INFIELDERS (6): Mike Carp, Pedro Ciriaco, Jose Iglesias, Will Middlebrooks, Mike Napoli, and Dustin Pedroia.
OUTFIELDERS (5): Jackie Bradley Jr., Jacoby Ellsbury, Jonny Gomes, Daniel Nava, and Shane Victorino.
MAKE THAT 6-0
A Saturday morning Eagle-Tribune sports cover story couldn’t do anything to slow down the amazing John Farrell, a senior at William & Mary.
The righty from Andover improved to 6-0 on the season for the Tribe, pitching a complete-game 10-hitter in a 5-4 victory over High Point.
Farrell, struck out seven and walked none, helping William & Mary to a 20-9 start on the season.
WALSH SEASON HALTED
Brandon Walsh’s start for UMass baseball wasn’t earth-shattering, as he batted .167 through seven games for the Minutemen. But it was a pretty amazing feat that the freshman was named to a starting spot.
All that came to an immediate halt.
As Minutemen coach Mike Stone noted to The Eagle-Tribune, “Due to a violation of team rules, Brandon will be suspended indefinitely.”
UMass has struggled to a 3-13 start.
FAR CORNER OPEN!
For those of you who are itching to get out on the golf course, the folks over at Far Corner Golf Club in Boxford report that 16 holes are now open for play with carts available.
If any other courses out there in the Valley are open, please tweet to me @mvcreature, so I can help spread the word.
Sensational sophomore Noelia Figuereo continued her smashing season on track with Merrimack College, zipping off to a pair of sprint wins at the Tufts Snowflake Classic.
Haverhill’s Figuereo won the 100 in 12.32 seconds and the 200 at 25.19.
The effort helped the Warriors to a ninth place overall (23 teams participated) in the meet.
OPENING NIGHT SUCCESS
Haverhill’s Carlos Pena singled and scored a run, helping his new team, the Houston Astros, to an 8-2 Opening Night win over the Texas Rangers last night.