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Awaiting word on Lackey.

Byline: Bill Ballou

RED SOX 3, ORIOLES 1

FENWAY PARK, BOSTON

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

Balt. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 0

Boston 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 x 3 5 0

Winning pitcher: Buchholz (2-0). Losing pitcher: Chen (0-1). Att: 37,008.

The Red Sox remain in a positive frame of mind about the state of John Lackey's right arm, but a quick flashback to last July brings back memories of a similar frame of mind regarding an injury to David Ortiz's right Achilles' tendon.

"I think it'll be all right," Ortiz said as he left the clubhouse on the night of July 16, with manager Bobby Valentine adding that he thought Ortiz might have to miss a few days.

Ortiz has played one game since.

New manager John Farrell said Monday that the results of tests done that day on Lackey had not come back, but earlier tests showed no tear. The Sox believe it is inflammation in his right biceps.

However, when a pitcher leaves the mound in the obvious pain like Lackey on Saturday, it seems as though there may be more than normal inflammation.

"Before he gets back on a mound," Farrell said, "we put him through a good test."

It is unlikely Lackey will be able to pitch in his normal turn on Friday, Farrell added, but there remains a chance that Lackey can simply be pushed back and given extra rest and not have to go on the disabled list.

Alfredo Aceves is a strong candidate to step in for Lackey.

Roster round the world

The Red Sox' 25-man roster for the home opener was one of the most diverse in franchise history, if not the most diverse. It included players from seven countries - including the United States, Cuba (Jose Iglesias), Mexico (Alfredo Aceves), the Dominican Republic (Pedro Ciriaco), Canada (Ryan Dempster), Venezuela (Felix Doubront) and Japan (Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara).

Dempster is merely the third native of British Columbia to play for the Sox and the first pitcher since Ted Bowsfield in 1960. Jason Bay is the other British Columbian.

Boston's roster is, at present, quite homegrown with 10 of the 25 being farm system players, including six draft choices - Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay Buchholz, Jon Lester, Will Middlebrooks and Jackie Bradley Jr.

The Sox also have an eclectic mix of players from the states. It includes Shane Victorino as the second Hawaiian in team history; joining Benny Agbayani; Clayton Mortensen, one of just two Idahoans to wear a Boston uniform (Mike Garman was the other); and Joel Hanrahan, only the second Iowan to play for the Red Sox since 1990, Ryan Sweeney being the other.

Lots of cash on DL

Boston's disabled list includes five players making a combined $27,810,500, more than half of that belonging to Ortiz. Four of the five DL players are working their way back to the majors - Stephen Drew, Ortiz, Franklin Morales and Craig Breslow.

Ryan Kalish is recovering from shoulder surgery and his return is not on the radar screen.

Drew, on the seven-day concussion list, is the closest to returning and is expected back as soon as Wednesday. The others are all in Fort Myers for extended spring training and are progressing well, according to Farrell. Ortiz got up four times in a simulated game and had a couple of hits. He ran the bases well, the manager said.

Honoring Jimmy Fund

The pregame ceremonies paid tribute to the work of the Jimmy Fund and included 13 former Boston players, most of them former All-Stars.

The list included Pedro Martinez, Tim Wakefield, Bill Monbouquette, Bob Stanley, Jason Varitek, Jerry Remy, Dwight Evans, Jim Rice, Mike Andrews and Rico Petrocelli - all All-Stars; and Ted Lepcio and Lou Merloni.

Martinez came out of the dugout for a cameo appearance and wave. He wasn't included in the official pregame festivities because he showed up unexpectedly. The Sox originally thought he was going to be out of the country.

Diamond Dust

The public address duties were handled by Dick Flavin. ... For some strange reason, every player on Boston's disabled list is a left-handed batter. ... Victorino got up four times and was 2 for 5. That was because he was awarded an extra hit via a scoring change on appeal from the second Yankees game in New York. The Sox appealed the original decision, and Victorino was awarded a double on what was originally called an error on shortstop Eduardo Nunez. ... Some 101 years ago today, the Red Sox played Harvard in the first baseball contest at Fenway Park. ... Attendance was 37,008. That was a sellout, and perhaps the last of the streak. ... The Red Sox extended their errorless streak to seven games, best ever to begin a season. Dustin Pedroia, though, fumbled a couple of potential double-play grounders and got only one out on the plays.

Box score

Baltimore AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

McLouth lf 3 0 1 0 1 2 .273

Machado 3b 4 0 1 0 0 1 .200

Markakis rf 4 0 1 0 0 0 .355

A.Jones cf 4 1 1 1 0 1 .500

C.Davis 1b 2 0 0 0 2 1 .417

Wieters c 3 0 0 0 1 1 .273

Hardy ss 4 0 1 0 0 2 .214

Flaherty 2b 4 0 0 0 0 1 .000

Pearce dh 3 0 0 0 0 2 .000

Totals 31 1 5 1 4 11

Boston AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Ellsbury cf 4 0 0 0 0 0 .273

Victorino rf 4 0 1 0 0 0 .345

Pedroia 2b 2 1 1 0 1 0 .357

Napoli 1b 3 1 1 0 0 0 .194

Middlebrooks 3b 3 0 0 0 0 2 .286

Nava lf 2 1 2 3 1 0 .500

J.Gomes dh 2 0 0 0 0 1 .231

a-Carp ph-dh 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000

D.Ross c 3 0 0 0 0 1 .111

Iglesias ss 3 0 0 0 0 0 .450

Totals 27 3 5 3 2 4

LOB-Baltimore 7, Boston 2. 2B-Hardy (3), Napoli (2). HR-A.Jones (1), off Hanrahan; Nava (2), off W.Chen. RBIs-A.Jones (8), Nava 3 (6). CS-Victorino (2).

Runners left in scoring position-Baltimore 3 (A.Jones, Pearce, Flaherty). RISP-Baltimore 0 for 3; Boston 1 for 2.

Runners moved up-Flaherty. GIDP-Hardy, Napoli.

DP-Baltimore 1 (Flaherty, Hardy, C.Davis); Boston 1 (Pedroia, Iglesias, Napoli).

Baltimore IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

W.Chen L, 0-1 61/3 5 3 3 2 3 107 3.75

Tom.Hunter 12/3 0 0 0 0 1 17 3.38

Boston IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Buchholz W, 2-0 7 3 0 0 4 8 113 0.64

A.Bailey H, 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 14 0.00

Hanrahan S, 3-3 1 2 1 1 0 1 16 2.25

Umpires-Home, Hickox; First, Blaser; Second, Joyce; Third, Wolf.

T-2:42.

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