(Sports Network) - It's been a tragic week for the city of Boston and the
surrounding area. A welcome site will be watching the Red Sox and Kansas City
Royals taking the field Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park in the opener of a
now-shortened two-game series.
Boston was in complete lockdown yesterday due to the search for the second
suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. The hunt came to an end last night
when police captured 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, less than 24 hours after
his brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed early Friday morning
following a gun battle with police.
Saturday, the 101st anniversary of the opening of Fenway Park, will mark a day
to remember the three people killed and others who were severely injured in
the bombings on Patriots' Day. Also, MIT police officer Sean Collier was
fatally shot late Thursday night, allegedly by the Tsarnaev brothers.
The last game the Red Sox played at home was on Monday. Their 3-2 win over
Tampa Bay came a short time before the bombs went off near the finish line of
the marathon. The Red Sox, who have won six in a row, then went on the road
and swept Cleveland and last night's scheduled series opener with the Royals
was postponed due to the manhunt.
"Can't wait to get back on the field to show my love and support for this
great city!" Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury tweeted on Saturday morning.
David Ortiz is expected to make his season debut for the Red Sox. Big Papi has
been out this season due to a right Achilles injury that has kept him out
since August. In 90 games last year, he hit 23 homers and drove in 60 runs
while batting .318.
Righty Clay Buchholz takes the hill trying for his fourth win. Buchholz has
been terrific through his first three starts, winning all three and pitching
to a 0.41 ERA. Buchholz was brilliant against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday, as
he tossed eight scoreless innings of two-hit baseball.
Buchholz has faced Kansas City four times and is 3-1 with a 2.19 ERA.
Kansas City, meanwhile, will hand the ball to righty James Shields, who is 1-2
with a 3.43 ERA. Shields went the distance in a loss to Toronto on Saturday,
as he allowed three runs and two hits. He also struck out six and walked
Shields is 8-13 against the Red Sox with a 4.56 ERA in 23 starts.
Kansas City ended Atlanta's 10-game winning streak on Wednesday, as Wade Davis
(2-0) scattered five hits over seven scoreless innings in a 1-0 win. Jeff
Francoeur drove in the lone run in the fourth inning for the Royals, who have
won six of nine.
Boston was 4-3 against Kansas City last season.
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