4 Real? Four at Bats that changed the game. Red Sox vs Yanks 4-1-13

Opening Day, Game 1 at New York Yankees
Opening Day, 2013! After an offseason filled with disappointed fans, weak offseason signings and many "professionals" telling us the Red Sox would not make the playoffs this year, the Boston Red Sox got off to a great start by beating the New York Yankees, 8-2. Here are the four at bats that changed the outcome of game 1 out of 162:

1) In the 2nd inning, C.C. Sabathia walked Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jackie Bradley, and also gave up a single to Jonny Gomes. In comes the weak hitting Jose Iglesias, who singles in Salty for the first run of the 2013 season. Iggy started a four run rally in the inning, as Shane Victorino and Dustin Pedroia also plated home three more runs. Iglesias also had three hits on the, which is more than he hit all of last year combined (kidding.. .kind of)

2) After the Yankees cut the lead in half, Jacoby Ellsbury hit a leadoff sixth inning triple to right field. Pedroia grounded into a fielders choice and Ellsbury was gunned down at home, keeping the lead to only two runs and keeping the game close for the Yankees.

3) After Jon Lester left to a chorus of Yankee boos, Koji Uehara started what has hoped to be the Red Sox's strength of the season: the bullpen! Koji did not disappoint, as all three men he faced, Travis Hafner, Ichiro and Lyle Overbay, popped out. After him, Andrew Miller, Andrew Bailey, Junichi Tazawa and Joel Hanrahan all pitched well, and the bullpen gave up a total of one hit in four innings.

4) You had to figure Jackie Bradley would help this team early. Isn't this the reason why they kept him on the Opening Day Roster? While JBJ didn't record a hit, he did walk three times, score two runs and record an RBI on a groundout in the 7th inning.

There you have it, Red Sox fans. Put it in the books, the Red Sox are 1-0!

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