Edes, McDonald preview Sox opener
April, 4, 2012
In the video above, ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes and Joe McDonald preview Boston's opening-day match-up in Detroit on Thursday.
McDonald notes that the Red Sox will feature a "different type of lineup than they had last season," especially with Carl Crawford out (wrist), and newcomers Cody Ross and Ryan Sweeney starting in the outfield, Mike Aviles at shortstop and Jarrod Saltalamacchia as the No. 1 catcher.
Edes talks about Boston's new pitching rotation and the uncertaintly surrounding the closer situation, but notes that the team's core remains the same.
"You still have those six All-Stars from a team that led the Major Leagues in runs scored last season, with 875," he says.
He warns, though, that the Tigers are "loaded," especially with the addition of power-hitting first baseman Prince Fielder, their explosive offense, and Cy Young and MVP award winner Justin Verlander.