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April 9, 2013

Let the good times roll

Sox have plenty to smile about

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Another impressive aspect of this team is the way Jonny Gomes and even Nava haven’t complained about limited playing time. And Gomes, meanwhile, has been a leader despite receiving only 13 at-bats in seven games.

Nava’s playing time automatically was diminished when Jackie Bradley Jr. made the Opening Day roster. After all, Bradley is a better defensive outfielder and he is a left-handed hitter (Nava hits best from the left side).

“I was happy for (Bradley) as I think we all were,” Nava said. “It’s a great story and obviously he’s a great player who has done a lot to open everybody’s eyes. So I was happy for him. I wasn’t really worried about how it impacted me because if I was in his shoes, I’d want someone to be happy for me rather than think, ‘He’s going to take playing time away from me.’”

Yes, it’s only seven games, but the Red Sox are making an early statement against AL East teams, winning series against the Yankees and Blue Jays on the road and now being ahead 1-0 against Baltimore.

And the Sox are making an early statement to fans as well. The statement: have some fun again.

Sox No. 1 Star: Daniel Nava went 2 for 2 with a walk and the game-winning three-run homer in the seventh. This against a left-hander (Wei-Yin Chen) and entering the contest with a .191 career average vs. southpaws. Sox. No. 2 Star: Clay Buchholz went 7.0 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and four walks while striking out eight. He allowed three hits or fewer in at least 7.0 scoreless innings pitched for the third time in his career. Friendly Fenway: The Red Sox have won their past nine home openers. That's a club record and the longest active streak in the majors. Ortiz progress: David Ortiz took live at-bats in a simulated game in Fort Myers yesterday. He went 2 for 4 with a single and double … LHP Franklin Morales will pitch one inning in an extended spring training game today. … LHP Craig Breslow will throw a simulated game today. Odds and ends: The Red Sox have not committed an error in seven games, the club's longest errorless streak to begin a season. ... An MRI on John Lackey's right arm showed inflammation of his right biceps and no tear of the muscle. ... Jackie Bradley Jr., who struggled over the weekend in Toronto, was given the day off. ...

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